A farmer, who hid his house behind a haystack for 4 years to try to get around planning laws, has been given until June 2016 to pull it down or face a 3 month jail sentence.
Mr Fidler (appropriately named) has ignored enforcement notices and a court order requiring demolition of the castle-like house.
Fidler is now arguing that he cannot demolish the house because an ecological survey has established the presence of protected bats and newts around the property.
A High Court judge accused him of making "more contrived and lame excuses". What alot of lengths to go to order to keep your mock Tudor castle home...
A farmer who hid his illegally built four-bedroom castle behind straw bales claims it cannot be knocked down because it is home to protected bats and newts. The High Court heard how Robert Fidler hid his property from the council for years behind a giant wall of bales, but has now been given an injunction ordering its demolition.