Businessman is ordered to remove 'ridiculous' Grecian pillars from entrance of ...

A businessman has been forced to remove 'ridiculous' Grecian pillars and statues from the entrance of an exclusive residential park.

Robert Bull, the chief executive of Royale Life, sparked outrage when the elaborate 'monstrosity' was built without permission at the front of the development that is within a national park.

The structure included 'prison-like' brick walls and four stone pilasters with Greek statues in the middle of them.

New Forest District Council took enforcement action against the 'over-ornate' entrance of the site at Milford-on-Sea, Hants, that is surrounded by a nature reserve.

Robert Bull (left), the chief executive of Royale Life, sparked outrage when the elaborate 'monstrosity' was built without permission at the front of the development that is within a national park

Robert Bull (left), the chief executive of Royale Life, sparked outrage when the elaborate 'monstrosity' was built without permission at the front of the development that is within a national park

The structure included 'prison-like' brick walls and four stone pilasters with Greek statues in the middle of them

The structure included 'prison-like' brick walls and four stone pilasters with Greek statues in the middle of them

New Forest District Council took enforcement action against the 'over-ornate' entrance of the site at Milford-on-Sea, Hants, that is surrounded by a nature reserve

New Forest District Council took enforcement action against the 'over-ornate' entrance of the site at Milford-on-Sea, Hants, that is surrounded by a nature reserve

Mr Bull appealed against the move and now a planning inspector has ruled the structure must be torn down.

The inspector, Graham Self, compared the 'flamboyant' design to like 'plonking an Athenian mini-Erechtheion' into a coastal plain.

He said: 'In some locations, flamboyant design can be a virtue, or at least acceptable, but here, the pillars with overhanging capping are bizarrely over-ornate features, especially when combined with the statues and appear to have been in place when the enforcement notice was issued.

Mr Bull appealed against the move and now a planning inspector has ruled the structure must be torn down

Mr Bull appealed against the move and now a planning inspector has ruled the structure must be torn down

The inspector, Graham Self, compared the 'flamboyant' design to like 'plonking an Athenian mini-Erechtheion' into a coastal plain

The inspector, Graham Self, compared the 'flamboyant' design to like 'plonking an Athenian mini-Erechtheion'

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