Robert Fidler in front of his castle
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Inquiry hears farmer's castle battle

A farmer's fight to stop the demolition of a mock Tudor castle he built without planning permission is being considered by a planning inspector.

Robert Fidler built the castle at Honeycrock Farm in Salfords, Surrey, in 2002 and hid it behind a haystack.

He was first ordered to tear it down in 2008 and has been fighting a legal battle with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council ever since.

An inquiry is hearing his latest appeal against refusal of planning permission.

Sara Smith reports.

  • 05 Nov 2014