White Stuff Founder Sean Thomas Triumphs in Planning Dispute Over Unpermitted Sports Facilities Near Devon Coastal Home

After a protracted planning dispute, Sean Thomas, the millionaire founder of White Stuff clothing brand, has emerged victorious in his bid to retain a tennis court and skate park built without permission near his luxurious coastal home in Devon.

Legal Battle Over Unpermitted Sports Facilities

South Hams District Council initially ordered the removal of the sports facilities, citing lack of planning consent and concerns over their impact on the rural coastal landscape designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). However, Thomas appealed to the Government planning watchdog, leading to a favorable ruling in his favor.

Timeline of the Planning Dispute

The controversy dates back to 2019 when construction of the facilities was completed on farmland behind Thomas’s residence at Gerston Point.

Despite facing rejection from the council for retrospective planning permission, Thomas pursued various legal avenues to defend the development.

Conditions and Compromises

In allowing the retention of the sports facilities, the Planning Inspectorate imposed conditions such as the removal of solar panels from the double garage and the planting of new hedgerows to mitigate environmental impact.

Thomas has since complied with these requirements, ensuring adherence to planning regulations.

Background and Business Ventures

Thomas’s successful planning outcome adds to the history of his property development endeavors, including the construction of his coastal home on the site of a former bungalow.

Meanwhile, his clothing brand, White Stuff, continues to expand globally, with recent reports suggesting potential investment opportunities on the horizon.

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