It's a good idea to consider planning permission before building anything in your back garden – especially if it is a 10,000 sq ft leisure complex with a casino, cinema and bowling alley.
A Gloucestershire accountant now has just weeks to demolish his project or face legal action after building his own private leisure centre without planning permission.
The development built by Graham Wildin, 65, includes a a two-lane bowling alley, a 16 seat cinema, squash courts, private casino and bar.
The development, which he says he built for his children and grandchildren, also has a 25ft tall three-storey doll's house, a soft play area and indoor tennis and badminton courts.
He refused to disclose how much it had cost.
Mr Wildin claims that when it was built in 2013, he made sure it "couldn't be seen by anybody".
He spent more than a year building the luxury centre behind his house in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, which he said he believed was a "permitted development" under planning rules.
The accountant said that he dug out 9,000 tons of soil and constructed the building 18ft below ground level.
He said: "If you look at the building from the street you can't see it at all, you can maybe just see a fence. You'd have to be in a helicopter to see it.
"I looked at the rules permitting development before I started, they are very generous rules."
But the grandfather-of-five has just weeks left to comply with a council enforcement notice instructing him to tear the building down – or face prosecution.
In 2015 a planning inspector backed officials at Forest of Dean District Council who said he had to demolish the building.
He was given two years to comply with the enforcement notice after the planning inspectorate ruled that the building is a "bulky structure".
They added it was "totally out of scale and proportion with the surrounding development".
But less than three months before time runs out there is no sign of any demolition work taking place and Mr Wildin is adamant that the leisure centre will remain standing.
He said: "It's not coming down. That is definite. The council have given notice at the end of which they will have to decide whether they are going to do anything or not, but there are a lot of legal issues involved."
Speaking in 2015 he said: "I'm doing this for my family, I'm not hurting anybody.
"This is my family home, all my children and my grandchildren come to visit, it's the place they all go.
"Nobody really knows it's there, if all this fuss hadn't been kicked up nobody would know it was there.
"I have spoken to all my neighbours and none are bothered, they have all written letters of support to the council."
But neighbours now say they are concerned that bulldozers will be unable to get to the complex because there were other buildings in the way.
Andrew Buckmaster, who lives nearby, said that the development should have been stopped earlier.
"I don't think he will take it down. He is going to build a house in front of it, which he has planning permission for, so how will they be able to get back there and take it down?" he said.
A spokesman for Forest of Dean District Council said: "There is an enforcement notice requiring the removal of unauthorised development at 24 Meendhurst Road, Cinderford.
"Mr Wildin has until the 7th of July 2017 to comply with the notice which has been endorsed by a planning inspector.
"Once the period for compliance with the notice has expired, Mr Wildin will be liable to further action, including prosecution in the courts for a breach of the notice.
"Due to the possibility of legal action it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time."