Couple make costly error after gaining planning and building £100k extension on land they didn't own

A plot of land with multiple dwellings and lots of trees and a forest
Wayne and Natalie Nokes gained planning and built an extension on land that didn't belong to them and may now be forced to tear it down (Image credit: Google Earth)

In a startling turn of events, a couple have been told to tear down a £100,000 extension, despite having permission, as they didn't own the land.

Wayne Noke, 52, and his wife Natalie, 53, gained planning permission to build an extension to a home in Bartley, Hampshire, which they bought for £2.1 million last year.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

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.