The Etonian wants to build 19 houses and an underground car park
Old Etonian Nicholas Johnston, 45, bought the Bantham Estate in South Devon for £11.5million, insisting he had been “taken in inevitably by the raw beauty of an amazing place”.
However, he is now proposing a beach club, sports field, 19 houses and an underground car park.
Mr Johnston told the Thurlestone Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group that although there “may be some aspects that are not liked” the community should be “open-minded, dynamic and thoughtful”.
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Some locals have already condemned his proposals. One member of the steering group, who asked not to be named, said: “It will be the end of Bantham.
"It’s so sad. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and no one in authority seems to care what is happening.”
The planning group said there had been no formal application.
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