Landowner told to demolish his shed due to area being home to rare bats

A house in a forest built from plywood with a surrounding campsite and black roofing and an outside toilet
Stephen Windsor has ignored requests from the courts and council to take down the structure as he believes it should not require planning permission (Image credit: SWNS)

A landowner ignored requests from the courts and his local council to take down a shed and composting toilet he built on a reservation for bats.

Stephen Windsor, 64, built the shed and composting toilet in Quarry Woods, Box, Wiltshire, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but never gained planning permission for the project.

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.