Neighbours rail against sheikh as fence ‘flouts planning rules’

Will Humphries
December 13, 2018, The Times

Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya
The fence could create problems for wildlife around the Longcross estate owned by Sheikh Mohammed, who is one of the best known owners in British racing
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The ruler of Dubai has been accused of showing “cynical disregard” for planning laws by erecting a two-metre high spiked metal fence around his country estate in Surrey.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, 69, who founded the Godolphin racehorse stud, was also accused of damaging the environment, putting wildlife including birds such as the rare Dartford warbler at risk.

The row centres on a security fence that has gone up around his £75 million Longcross estate, allegedly without planning per