Sheikh’s plans for 6ft perimeter wall haltedBy Hugh Fort
July 03, 2012
A long-running dispute between a super-rich sheikh and local residents over a bid to build a 6ft wall surrounding his property in Winkfield is rumbling on after an order was issued preventing the work.
However, the Article Four Direction served by Bracknell Forest Council could still be removed as the authority continues to work with the agents of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is the President of the United Arab Emirates and emir of Abu Dhabi.
The debate over the wall has been going on for years and the council has issued and subsequently removed various orders preventing the sealing off of the Ascot Place property off Forest Road.
The latest order removes the permitted development powers which meant the owners could put a wall of less than 6ft 6in in height without needing planning permission.
It means any work done on the property will now need planning permission.
However, Alex Jack, the borough solicitor, said the council had been contacted by representatives of the sheikh who have objected to the order and said it could be the case it is once again removed.
The row started because the property features some spectacular views, which local people wanted to protect. In 2009, a judicial review was due to take place over a decision by the council to allow the wall to be built.
However, the sheikh and the council agreed the permission would be removed to avoid a court battle.
Mr Jack said: “The order was issued on Thursday, May 3, and means the owner cannot use the laws of permitted development to seal off the property.
“They have since objected and it could be the case it is removed in the future.”
Councillor Mary Ballin, who is Winkfield and Cranbourne councillor and executive member for planning and transport, has been involved in the dispute for years.
She said: “I too share the residents’ concerns about losing the views.
“While it is their property and I understand the need for security, I think the owner of such a huge property should be neighbourly and consider the community in their plans.”