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Sir Paul's lodge set for approval
Sir Paul McCartney
Sir Paul said he needed the lodge for "privacy, seclusion and security"
Sir Paul McCartney looks likely to have won round planners who ordered him to demolish a log cabin on his 933-acre estate in East Sussex.

The ex-Beatle was told to pull down the cabin and wildlife viewing pavilion at Woodlands Farm, Peasmarsh, after it was built without planning permission.

But last month he offered to pull down a three-bedroom house and two barns instead if he could keep the lodge.

Rother council officers have now said councillors should approve the plan.

Natural beauty

The revised planning application was submitted the day before the planning committee was due to discuss whether to issue an enforcement notice.

It objected to the log cabin on the grounds that it was detrimental to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Frank Rallings, Rother's head of planning, said the issue was that the log cabin was an additional building in the countryside.

If the detached house, known as Beanacres, was demolished that would no longer be the case.

Sir Paul's representatives said the log cabin gave him "privacy, seclusion and security" which the farmhouse could not provide because a public footpath passed close to the property.

The revised planning application is due to be considered by the district council's planning committee next Thursday.

If approved, it will be referred to the Government Office for the South East, which has the power to order a public inquiry.

If there is no inquiry, the house and barns will have to be demolished within six months.

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