An attempt by John Paul Getty’s grandson to make a public footpath in the Chilterns ‘appear private, threatening and urban’ has been slammed by campaigners.
Tara Getty, grandson of the oil tycoon John Paul Getty and half brother of John Paul Getty III who was kidnapped in Rome in 1973 and held for ransom, wants to erect the a 6ft (1.8m) high deer fencing to ensure privacy at the Buckinghamshire estate.
The application also asks to divert the bridleway off the current definitive line at two points which campaigners say would be a nuisance to cyclists and walkers.
Campaigners have slammed plans to put up a fence and gate on a public footpath by Getty’s grandson’s Twigside Farm (pictured) in Ibstone, Buckinghamshire
Kate Ashbrook opposed the application on behalf of the Ramblers Buckinghamshire, saying: ‘The fencing with electronically-controlled gates would make the whole area appear private, threatening and urban.
‘Already the owner has erected discouraging notices about CCTV; the fencing would make it far worse.
Tara Getty, pictured with his wife, has applied for the permission to build deer fencing to ensure privacy at the Buckinghamshire estate
‘This is totally inappropriate in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and would conflict with people’s use and enjoyment of the bridleway and the footpath.’
The Twigside Farm in Ibstone already has CCTV in operation and campaigners have opposed the addition of two black gates and the fencing as they’d be an ‘eyesore.’
The Open Spaces Society has urged Wycombe District Council to reject the application saying on their website that they and number of other groups oppose the plan.
They said: ‘Buckinghamshire Ramblers, Buckinghamshire County Council and Ibstone Parish Council have objected principally because of the adverse effect on people’s enjoyment of the bridleway.’
Kieran Foster, from Cycling UK, also wrote to the District Council saying that the proposal would make the route ‘less attractive and potentially increase conflict between users.’
He added that the: ‘reduction in width would, in and of itself, constitute a significant interference in the rights currently enjoyed.’
It is believed that in past planning applications Mr Getty’s representatives have complained about the route and how closely it runs to the farm, with one person reportedly even being able to see into the living room and watch TV.
An illustrative picture included in plans on the Wycombe District Council’s website shows what the fence could look like if the application is given the go ahead
A plan published on the November 26 shows where the Farm is located (marked in yellow) and the proposed changes (shown in black) if the path is moved off its current line
It was said that some people had stopped to take photographs of the properties at Twigside Farm which include a gym and games room, reports the
Mr Getty, whose full name is Tara Gabriel Gramophone Galaxy Getty, was born in 1968.
His mother Talitha died of a heroin overdose in July 1971 and his father Paul moved to London, where he made philanthropic donations to British institutions, reports
Tara Getty (left at agricultural college in 1988) is the grandson of John Paul Getty (right) and the half-brother of John Paul Getty III who was kidnapped in Rome in 1973
Actress Talitha Pol was the second wife of John Paul Getty and is pictured with son Tara Getty