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Martin Clunes battles plans for traveller site next to his farm

Martin Clunes battles ‘wholly unsuitable’ plans for permanent traveller site next to his 130-acre farm

  • Mr Clunes is trying to stop a permanent traveller site being built near his farm
  • Theo Langton and Ruth McGill are looking to build a fixed home on their land
  • Mr Clunes objected to the proposal through planning experts Terence O’Rourke 

Doc Martin star Martin Clunes is trying to stop plans for a permanent traveller site next to his 130-acres Dorset farm.

New-age hippie neighbours Theo Langton and Ruth McGill are looking to build a permanent home on their land after spending 25 years living there in a mobile home.

Mr Clunes has submitted an objection to the plans through experts Terence O’Rourke – saying that the proposal are ‘wholly unsuitable’ and ‘inappropriate’.

The firm said the site has no access to electricity, water and sewage in a letter to council chiefs.

Mr Clunes has submitted an objection to the plans through experts Terence O’Rourke

The Men Behaving Badly star’s neighbours Diane and Robert Clarke also argue the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that the site would be based in is ‘unsuitable’.

Artists Theo, 52, and Ruth, 47, have lived on the site since 1997 and have been fighting to stay in their home since 2007.

They have been in breach of council planning rules since 2020.

The couple want to add a further ‘touring caravan and very large mobile home’ to two caravans they already have.


New-age hippie neighbours Theo Langton and Ruth McGill are looking to build a permanent home on their land after spending 25 years living there in a mobile home

Theo told the Sun: ‘It’s a pitch for our family, that’s it. We’ve no idea what the problem is.’

Ruth labelled Clunes ‘landed and loaded’.

She added: ‘We have a cordial relationship with them. They just don’t want to live next to a traveller site.’

Mr Clunes and his wife, Philippa Braithwaite, 58, bought the the sprawling farm in 2007.

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