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Millionaire who illegally built huge ‘man cave’ buys neighbouring homes to stop council tearing it down

A millionaire who illegally built “Britain’s best man cave” has reportedly purchased neighbours’ homes to stop the council from tearing it down.

Graham Wildin, 69, allegedly purchased the encircling homes for his household and has been accused of going to struggle together with his neighbours to do the whole lot to try to save the ten,000sq/ft leisure complicated in the back of his dwelling.

After an eight-year battle, he has been ordered by the courts to destroy the complicated that features a cinema, squash court docket and a bowling alley.

The closing deadline to pull it down to keep away from jail for contempt of court docket handed practically a month in the past, however the structure stays in place.

And after initially shifting his basic automobile assortment onto the road to create “parking chaos”, it is now claimed he has bought neighbouring land and property for his household – to block any makes an attempt by Forest of Dean District Council to have it forcibly eliminated.

The man cave comprises a bowling alley, cinema, on line casino and a fitness center – and footage from Google Earth present it trying like an enormous manufacturing unit.


Sources say land registry information now present that property to the entrance and aspect have been transferred or offered to a company owned by different members of Wildin’s household.

It is known family members or neighbours would now have to give permission for the bulldozers to cross over their land to attain Mr Wildin’s man cave to forcibly take it down.

Mr Wildin did not reply to requests for remark – however neighbours had been cut up on his newest tactic – with some saying he has “dug his own grave” because the council may search an additional court docket order to entry, whereas others praised his “ingenuity.”

One neighbour, who praised the plan, mentioned: “The council cannot now knock it down , as legally they’ve to have permission of the land proprietor to cross the land to get to the constructing.

“He has given ownership of that land, to his children, who aren’t going to allow that permission. They can’t force them. Like it or loathe it, it’s clever.”

But one other neighbour mentioned they felt it would not finish effectively for him.

They added: “He builds his oversized ‘man cave’, without planning permission and has spent about eight years of his life, fighting the council and lost at every point.

“He now has a suspended sentence, with prison time, if he fails to comply with the court order, and now that he hasn’t complied with those orders he is now in contempt of court.

Mr Wildin claims he thought he did not need permission when he started construction but council officials said the building breached planning laws.


“He thinks he has now outsmarted the authorities, by surrounding his property, with land that is the ownership of his family members, so the council cannot get to the man cave to demolish it.”

Another neighbour added: “He’s digging his personal grave and the council will bury him.”

Mr Wildin first sparked outrage amongst his neighbours when he was found to have carried out the work without the required planning permission in 2014.

A lengthy legal fight followed, ending with a High Court judge handing down an injunction in 2018. Mr Wildin was initially given until the end of April 2020 to remove the 10,000sq/ft complex.

However, after failing to carry out the court’s orders, he was found in contempt of court.

Graham Wildin, from the Forest of Dean is a millionaire accountant who built a controversial ‘man cave’ in his backyard

(David Hedges

Mr Justice Jarman handed down a custodial sentence of six weeks, suspended for 12 months in November final year and a brand new deadline was set for 10 March this year.

Mr Wildin has now reached the deadline to adjust to the order to full the required work beneath the specter of jail if he failed to achieve this.

The council has been contacted for remark.

But talking after an earlier listening to, Cllr Tim Gwilliam mentioned the entire course of had been fully avoidable.

He mentioned: “As a council it is important to ensure that development proposals improve the environments in which they live, whilst safeguarding the community.

“Every year, hundreds of people ask the council for planning advice and follow it. This has not been the case in Mr Wildin’s instance.”

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