THE former wife of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has applied for planning permission to demolish and rebuild part of her £18m Rogate estate.
The property, Fyning Hill, is an £18m, 1,500-acre estate which was bought by the Russian billionaire – and owner of Chelsea Football Club – in 2000.
It was awarded to his wife Irina Abramovich when they split in 2007 – in a divorce settlement said to be in the region of £150m.
Irina Abramovich has now submitted a planning application to the South Downs National Park Authority to demolish and replace the building and ‘make alterations to the outbuildings’.
However, a resident living nearby has objected to the proposal on the grounds the estate is a part ‘of our English heritage’.
Joanna James said: “The farmhouse exudes charm and character of the quintessential English countryside.
“The plans for the new property show something not in keeping with the idyllic surroundings and will not reflect an English country setting.
“There was a plaque on the cottage dating back to the French revolution when a noble family from France found peace in this little haven.
“Families of the farm are named on local war memorials.
“Why destroy something beautiful?”
The application can be viewed on the South Downs National Park Authority website using reference SDNP/14/02389/FUL.