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Published Time: 09.02.2024 - 21:21:59 Modified Time: 09.02.2024 - 21:21:59

Originally meant as a hub for the Captain Tom Foundation, which launched after the veteran fundraiser's death in 2021, Mrs Ingram-Moore later submitted retrospective planning permission after it was built with an unauthorised pool, spa, and changing facilities. The planning permission was rejected but the demolition was put on hold while the family appealed. During the appeal process, the family's lawyer set out the case for keeping the complex. Captain Tom


The rubble has now been taken away and the bench - which was made by Lincolnshire man Chris Kennedy at his fabrication firm, Roll and Scroll, and presented to Captain Tom on his 100th birthday - is all that is left standing.

a hearing in October, chartered surveyor James Paynter suggested the spa pool could offer rehabilitation sessions for elderly in the area. But this was dismissed by inspector Diane Fleming, who ruled the "scale and massing" of the building had damaged the grade II-listed family home.

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