Sir Jim Ratcliffe wins planning battle for bee farm he built without permission

Sir Jim Ratcliffe poses with his medal after completing the 2024 London Marathon
Sir Jim Ratcliffe was forced to apply for retrospective planning permission for a bee farm, a tennis court and two barns he erected (Image credit: Getty Images)

One of Britain’s wealthiest men has been granted planning permission for a beekeeping facility and other developments at his Hampshire estate despite concerns it will turn the area into an “industrial site”.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, chemicals billionaire and part owner of Manchester United, will be allowed to retain two outbuildings and other landscaping and renovation work at Thorns Beach House, near the village of Beaulieu.

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