Millionaire Graham Wildin, 69, was ordered by a Supreme Court judge to demolish the Cinderford Man’s Cave following a lengthy legal dispute over the development
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A millionaire has been ordered to destroy “Britain’s best man’s cave” within three weeks of losing a lawsuit.
Accountant and businessman Graham Wildin, 69, was hoping he could save the huge sports and entertainment complex that spans his back garden.
But he recently lost his case over tax and VAT bills – totaling around £300,000 – meaning his pride and joy will need to be ripped off.
The complex, located just off the M5 in the Midlands, features a home cinema, tenpin bowling alley, casino, bar and squash court, Report by BirminghamLive.
The millionaire had hoped to win a protest that could save his creation, known as Altea in Meendhurst Road, Cinderford, just south of the Worcestershire and Malvern border.
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He claimed that the cost of building the man’s cave was tax deductible as it was part of a business permitting holiday.
Millionaire claims it will be offered to those who rent holiday accommodation or are paying members, as Mirror Online previously reported.
But a tax court rejected Mr. Wildin’s request and found that his intent was not to provide the facilities for outside use but for his immediate family.
Mr Wildin was ordered by a Supreme Court judge to demolish the cave by March 10 this year after a lengthy legal dispute over the development.
If Mr. Wildin does not adhere to this date, he will face jail time.
The appeal is Mr. Wildin’s last hope to save the luxury building at his home.
Problems in the village came to light when Mr Wildin’s neighbors were outraged that he had carried out work on the cave without planning permission in 2014.
In 2018, a Supreme Court judge issued an order.
The order initially gave Mr. Wildin until the end of April 2020 to remove the 10,000sq/ft complex.
But the latest appeal has delayed the demolition of the building.
Now that it has ended against Mr. Wildin, he has only a few weeks left to comply with orders by knocking down his beloved man’s cave.
Images from Google Earth show it to look like a large factory.
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