Queen’s cousin fights refusal of Milland garden plan

THE Queen’s cousin, the Marquis of Milford Haven, is making another appeal to a government planning inspector against Chichester District Council’s refusal to allow him to turn land on his Great Trippetts Estate at Milland into part of the garden at his farmhouse home.

Now the secretary of state for the environment has decided the appeal will take the form of an inquiry at which both sides will be able to put their cases.

Lord Milford Haven has been fighting the decision since 2008 when he was served with an enforcement notice to remove a tennis court built on the appeal site and he claims the notice did not require the return of the land to any other use.

Lord Milford Haven lost an appeal against the enforcement notice and later a High Court challenge to the tennis court appeal decision was also dismissed in June 2010.

Now he is making a further appeal against the issue of the enforcement notice from the district which demanded he return the garden land to its agricultural use.

Lord Milford Haven claims the development has no impact on views from the public rights of way and the appeal site is clearly part of the farmhouse.