Billionaire Dubai sultan enrages his Surrey neighbours

A billionaire from Dubai has enraged his neighbours by asking for permission to erect a 6ft high security fence around his £75 million estate after putting it up.  

Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum put up the ‘prison boundary’ metal fence at his Surrey home last year, without planning permission.

He has now submitted a retrospective application for the towering gate and fence but furious neighbours say it is full of lies, including a declaration that work has yet to begin.

Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum put up the 'prison boundary' metal fence at his Surrey home last year, without planning permission

Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum put up the 'prison boundary' metal fence at his Surrey home last year, without planning permission

Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum put up the ‘prison boundary’ metal fence at his Surrey home last year, without planning permission

The billionaire has enraged his neighbours by asking for permission to erect the 6ft high security fence (pictured) around his £75 million estate after putting it up

The billionaire has enraged his neighbours by asking for permission to erect the 6ft high security fence (pictured) around his £75 million estate after putting it up

The billionaire has enraged his neighbours by asking for permission to erect the 6ft high security fence (pictured) around his £75 million estate after putting it up

Aerial view of the £75 million Longcross Estate in Surrey

Aerial view of the £75 million Longcross Estate in Surrey

Aerial view of the £75 million Longcross Estate in Surrey

He has now submitted a retrospective application for the towering gate and fence but furious neighbours say it is full of lies, including a declaration that work has yet to begin 

He has now submitted a retrospective application for the towering gate and fence but furious neighbours say it is full of lies, including a declaration that work has yet to begin 

He has now submitted a retrospective application for the towering gate and fence but furious neighbours say it is full of lies, including a declaration that work has yet to begin 

Photographs from the site show the fence is already in place and has been since December last year, neighbours claim. 

One critic claimed the ‘illegal’ construction involved ‘extensive’ tree cutting and was built despite bordering a site of special scientific interest.

Billionaire racecourse owner Sheikh Mohammed – who has more than 30 children – is ruler of Dubai and uses his Longcross Estate in Surrey to escape the summer heat.

His application will now be considered by Runnymede Council, which could approve the plans – or rule the huge fence must be torn down.

In an objection, neighbour Tom Barr said: ‘Regarding the application for planning permission, many false claims are made.

‘Firstly, the applicant claims a 1.8m fence height – yet it is in fact 2.2315 m high by the

applicant’s own dimensioned drawing.

‘Section 5 [of the application] has been falsely completed. The work / change of use is completed, yet the applicant claims it has not started.

Photographs from the site show the fence is already in place and has been since December last year, neighbours claim

Photographs from the site show the fence is already in place and has been since December last year, neighbours claim

Photographs from the site show the fence is already in place and has been since December last year, neighbours claim

One critic claimed the 'illegal' construction involved 'extensive' tree cutting and was built despite bordering a site of special scientific interest

One critic claimed the 'illegal' construction involved 'extensive' tree cutting and was built despite bordering a site of special scientific interest

One critic claimed the ‘illegal’ construction involved ‘extensive’ tree cutting and was built despite bordering a site of special scientific interest

‘No wildlife surveys were carried out prior to the illegal development, despite parts of the developed area bordering a SSSI, involving the extensive clear cutting of trees and being close (well within 500 metres) to waterbodies highly likely to contain great crested newts.

‘The applicant has shown a cynical disregard and contempt for planning procedures.

‘The new security fencing is entirely inappropriate on the border of the common.

‘The applicant has shown contempt for the planning process by continuing to build in the absence of permission and knowing it needs it, bringing RBC’s planning enforcement capability into disrepute.

Billionaire racecourse owner Sheikh Mohammed - who has more than 30 children - is ruler of Dubai and uses his Longcross Estate in Surrey (pictured) to escape the summer heat

Billionaire racecourse owner Sheikh Mohammed - who has more than 30 children - is ruler of Dubai and uses his Longcross Estate in Surrey (pictured) to escape the summer heat

Billionaire racecourse owner Sheikh Mohammed – who has more than 30 children – is ruler of Dubai and uses his Longcross Estate in Surrey (pictured) to escape the summer heat

His application will now be considered by Runnymede Council, which could approve the plans - or rule the huge fence must be torn down

His application will now be considered by Runnymede Council, which could approve the plans - or rule the huge fence must be torn down

His application will now be considered by Runnymede Council, which could approve the plans – or rule the huge fence must be torn down

‘It is visually intrusive and, aside from mostly being powder coated green, more suited to a prison or a factory boundary, rather than the boundary of a SSSI.

‘If permission is given – or if it is refused and removal of the fences not robustly enforced – that dereliction […] would undoubtedly be seen by the public as ‘one rule for the rich another for the poor’ with our local natural and historical environment ultimately paying the price.’

In a further objection posted on the application, local J.R.A Fleming claims the fence will affect access for deer.

He wrote: ‘The proposed apertures are totally inadequate for them, and the height in total is far above their ability to leap.’

Security notices warn neighbours that guard dogs and CCTV watch over the sheikh's estate

Security notices warn neighbours that guard dogs and CCTV watch over the sheikh's estate

Security notices warn neighbours that guard dogs and CCTV watch over the sheikh’s estate

Another resident described the development as a 'concentration camp' which wasn't 'in keeping with the landscape'

Another resident described the development as a 'concentration camp' which wasn't 'in keeping with the landscape'

Another resident described the development as a ‘concentration camp’ which wasn’t ‘in keeping with the landscape’

Another resident described the development as a ‘concentration camp’ which wasn’t ‘in keeping with the landscape’.

Before the fence was erected, locals claim the estate was mostly bordered by a lower wooden fence, but in some places there was no boundary at all.

But a neighbour made a claim last month a fence had been erected without planning permission.

It is understood he did not respond to the claims – but his development company, Smech Property Management Limited, submitted a planning application, on January 4.

It is understood he did not respond to the claims - but his development company, Smech Property Management Limited, submitted a planning application, on January 4

It is understood he did not respond to the claims - but his development company, Smech Property Management Limited, submitted a planning application, on January 4

It is understood he did not respond to the claims – but his development company, Smech Property Management Limited, submitted a planning application, on January 4

The sheikh succeeded his brother in 2006 to become the ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates

The sheikh succeeded his brother in 2006 to become the ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates

The sheikh succeeded his brother in 2006 to become the ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates

The application form asked ‘Has the work or change of use already started?’ and the ‘no’ box was ticked.

But on the front cover of the application, it states it the plea is ‘retrospective’ – and this is a ‘revised description as fencing has been erected’.

The sheikh succeeded his brother in 2006 to become the ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

He is the owner of the Godolphin stables and has an estimated personal fortune of £15bn.

He is the owner of the Godolphin stables and has an estimated personal fortune of £15bn

He is the owner of the Godolphin stables and has an estimated personal fortune of £15bn

He is the owner of the Godolphin stables and has an estimated personal fortune of £15bn

A spokesperson for Runnymede Council confirmed it had received a planning application which would be considered in the normal way

A spokesperson for Runnymede Council confirmed it had received a planning application which would be considered in the normal way

A spokesperson for Runnymede Council confirmed it had received a planning application which would be considered in the normal way

A spokesperson for Runnymede Council confirmed it had received a planning application which would be considered in the normal way.

They added: ‘They are currently subject to consultation and the decisions will be in due course, taking into account consultation responses and representations from members of the public.

‘Until the applications have been decided, no further action is being taken in respect of any investigations.’

Smech Property Management Limited has not responded to a request for comment. 

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