A millionaire's plans to build an underground tunnel in his garden have enraged his wealthy neighbours – including the founders of Sweaty Betty and Oliver Bonas.Who aren't his immediate neighbours. And on whom the tunnel will have no effect whatsoever.
Neighbours say the proposal has been dreamed up because the pensioner is too lazy to take ‘three steps across a public footpath’.
But Mr Chapman claims no one will notice the £10,000 tunnel – which will largely run through his land – and calls the objections ‘bonkers’.Well, quite!
Mr Hill-Norton has become the face of the campaign opposing the tunnel, with many locals and the parish council backing the fight, claiming it will be a blight on the landscape.It's underground. That's really the defining feature of a tunnel, isn't it? It's not like he wants to build a bridge!
‘It’s been approved by the Environment Agency, Natural England, and the local planning department, all the professionals,’ he said.
‘Our immediate neighbours have been cool with it. Yet there’s been an ongoing dispute over five years – as a result a certain personal animosity exists between Mr Sweaty Betty and me,’ he added.So much money, so little common sense...