Unapproved Spa Building Set for Demolition, Family Misses Appeal Deadline

Unapproved Spa Building Set for Demolition, Family Misses Appeal Deadline

Demolition Order Looms for Captain Tom’s Family Over Unsanctioned Spa

 

The family of late fundraising hero Captain Sir Tom Moore faces the demolition of their unauthorized £200,000 spa after failing to meet the High Court appeal deadline.

Hannah Ingram-Moore and her husband Colin’s attempt to erect the Captain Tom Foundation Building on their property did not meet approval from the Central Bedfordshire Council.

 

Building Dispute and Planning Challenges

 

Initially approved for an L-shaped structure, the subsequent application for a larger C-shaped building, including a spa, was denied by the council. Complaints from locals prompted a site visit, revealing significant deviations from the sanctioned plans.

Despite appeals and claims of public benefit, the Planning Inspectorate rejected the family’s appeal, necessitating demolition.

 

Foundation’s Alleged Involvement and Charitable Inquiry

 

Amid concerns over the foundation’s role in the unauthorized construction, documents revealed discrepancies in how the building was presented in the application.

The Captain Tom Foundation’s involvement in the building’s purpose was contested, prompting scrutiny from the Charity Commission.

Allegations arose that decisions surrounding the foundation may have profited a company associated with Ms. Ingram-Moore and her husband.

 

Financial Revelations and Charitable Income Decline

 

Financial statements showed a decline in the charity’s income, with Ms. Ingram-Moore receiving a salary and expenses.

Amidst inquiries and a declining income for the foundation, there were growing calls for transparency regarding the use of Captain Tom’s fundraising legacy.

 

Council’s Stance and Legal Ramifications

 

The Principal Planning Enforcement Officer at Central Beds Council stressed that the unauthorized building lacked adequate public benefit and breached the approved plans.

Concerns were raised about the spa’s undisclosed usage, prompting the council’s decision for demolition.

 

Pending Response and Inquiry Updates

 

The family is yet to respond to requests for comment regarding the impending demolition. Meanwhile, inquiries into the foundation’s involvement and financial aspects continue to generate attention and calls for accountability.

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