Somerset

Exmoor National Park orders Porlock shack man to leave

A Somerset man who turned a beachside shack into a home 25 years ago has been told his occupation is illegal.

David Burgess, 63, said he had added windows, a driftwood roof and a front door to the stone hut near Porlock, which was believed to have once been an old lime kiln.

Exmoor National Park says it owns the property and has ordered him to leave.

But Mr Burgess said he had no intention of moving out of what has become his summer home.

"We belong to the land, the land doesn't belong to us," he said.

"I don't think I'm squatting."

Exmoor National Park said the woodland and its buildings had been in its ownership since 1974.

A statement said: "We deplore the selfish action being taken by one individual in seeking to take ownership of this building, therefore denying access to the wider public."

Mr Burgess, who spends the winter months in a house inland, said he was seeking the right to remain through the Land Registry.

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