'I'll cohabit with newts!' says Boris Johnson as swimming pool plans come under threat

A great crested newt and Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson's plans to install a swimming pool to his £3.8 million Oxfordshire home have been blocked due to being in a "zone of risk" for great crested newts (Image credit: Getty)

Boris Johnson has said he will be "delighted" to live with newts, in response to news that the amphibians could block his plans to install a swimming pool.

The species, which Boris Johnson had previously fought to remove protection rights from, are now scuppering his plans to install a pool on his 17th century, £3.8 million, Oxfordshire home, as the planned site falls within the "highest zone of risk" of great crested newts, which is a protected species.

Joseph Mullane
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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.