Monday, July 24, 2006

McCartney told to demolish Mills' home

Paul McCartney has been told he must tear down the house where his estranged wife Heather Mills is living.

The timber lodge, which sits on McCartney's 16-acre estate in East Sussex, England, has been condemned by council officials because it does not have planning consent.

Mills and the couple's daughter Beatrice moved into the house with McCartney's permission earlier this year to escape the media circus surrounding the couple's split in May, but the star's leave of appeal against the local authority's decision has now run out.

The large house, which has a gym and is only 200 yards from McCartney's home, allows the former Beatle easy access to his two-year-old daughter while lawyers process the couple's divorce.

Frank Rallings, head of Rother District Council's planning department, said: "We will be seeking to enforce the order to demolish the lodge and gym annexe. He has the right to make another application on fresh grounds."

An aide for the star said: "Paul claims the lodge has no environmental impact, but because of who he is they (the council) are not budging."


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