Nadhim Zahawi uses '10 year' planning loophole on his Cotswolds home — and wins immunity from enforcement

An exterior view of Nadhim Zahawi's Cotswolds home
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Tory chairman Nadhim Zahawi and his family lived for a decade in their mansion on the edge of the Cotswolds despite being in breach of a planning restriction.

A rural occupancy order (ROC) on the property dictated that only agricultural, forestry or equestrian workers were meant to live there. 

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