Legal bid to block plans to convert a historic mansion

A legal bid to block plans to convert a historic mansion in Buckinghamshire into a luxury hotel with helicopter access failed last week. A local resident had sought to appeal against the High Court's backing of Aylesbury Vale District Council's decision to grant permission for the Mentmore Towers scheme. He argued that the noise impact would affect his right to privacy and the peaceful enjoyment of his home under the European Convention on Human Rights. The Court of Appeal refused the plea, ruling that there was no realistic prospect of success.

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