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Pop star land row heads for court
Madonna and Guy Ritchie
Madonna and her husband are concerned about ramblers
A date has been set for a public inquiry over a long-running dispute between pop star Madonna and ramblers who want access across her 9m estate.

A new right-to-roam law would allow walkers access to parts of her 1,200-acre retreat Ashcombe, near Tollard Royal in Wiltshire.

The issue is to go to a week-long public inquiry in Shaftesbury, Dorset, from 5 May.

It is not known whether or not the singer will attend the inquiry.

The Countryside Agency has already agreed ramblers would be denied access to some 15 acres of the estate.

This followed concerns by Madonna and her film director husband Guy Ritchie that sightseers and photographers could legally get within 100 yards of their Grade II-listed Georgian mansion.

The eight-bedroomed property was the former home of society photographer Cecil Beaton.

Since she moved in, Madonna has complained about low-flying aircraft, suffered an attempted burglary and was ordered to take down new 12ft high security gates after failing to apply for planning permission.

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