Burying the hatchet

West country farmer Trevor Sedgbeer has waged a long-running battle with South Hams District Council against an order that he demolish a house he built without planning consent at the village of Stoke Gabriel. He has been to both the High Court and Court of Appeal in his battle. However, rather than obey a High Court order to pull down the property he buried it under tons of earth. The authority is returning to court seeking a breach of the demolition order.