22 Jul

Britain's third-richest man faces fresh New Forest planning battle

Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants to transform derelict ‘tin cottage’ into three-bedroom home Britain’s third-richest man is fighting a fresh planning battle for permission to transform a derelict “tin cottage” into a three-bedroom home for a “permanent guardian” to protect and maintain his £6m dream beach house on the Solent coast in the New Forest national park.Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who made his £18bn fortune from the petrochemicals and fracking company Ineos, lodged the application for the caretaker’s cottage after he eventually emerged victorious from a six-year dispute with planning authorities and conservationists for permission to build his controversial Thorns Beach House coastal home next door. Continue reading…

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