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Cancer patient and his wife ordered to tear down £150,000 extension

Cancer patient, 50, and his wife are ordered to tear down new £150,000 patio balcony, hot tub area and home office at their dream barn conversion in national park

  • Mark and Kerrie Owen, paid £287,000 for the Brecon Beacons barn conversion
  • They then paid a further £150,000 for a balcony, hot tub area and home office
  • 10 months later they received a contravention notice by national park bosses 
  • Mr Owen, who has Leukaemia, says he will block any attempts to strip it back

A cancer patient has been ordered to tear down a new £150,000 patio balcony, home office and hot tub area after building the extension on national park land.  

Mark Owen, 50, and wife Kerrie, 48, splashed out £287,000 to buy the barn conversion in the Brecon Beacons, before deciding to add a few luxury touches to make their home complete.

The couple began making changes to their six acre plot by putting in a plush patio balcony, a hot tub area and a home office, much of which were therapeutic to help the former solider recuperate after his treatment.

But just ten months later they were handed a contravention notice by park bosses to rip out the new additions because they were built on protected land. 


Mark Owen, 50, and wife Kerrie, 48, splashed out £287,000 to buy the barn conversion in the Brecon Beacons – and then decided add a few luxury touches to make their home complete

Mark, who has Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia, said: ‘It was for the future, I don’t know how long I have left. I wanted it to be nice for Kerrie if I’m not here. Features like the jacuzzi were under recommendation of the consultant doctor for the aches and pains which come with chemo…’

Mark, who has Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia, said: ‘It was for the future, I don’t know how long I have left. I wanted it to be nice for Kerrie if I’m not here.

‘Features like the jacuzzi area were under the recommendation of the consultant doctor for the aches and pains which come with the chemotherapy tablets I take.

‘I will stand here when they come to take it down if I need to.’

Former soldier Mark and wife moved from Kent to buy The Byre in the Brecon Beacons national park in Wakles in April last year and spent three months renovating it before moving in.

Mark, who could have just years to live due to Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia, said he bought the land believing it was residential.

But Brecon Beacons National Park officials told him it was agricultural land in Trecastle, Powys.

Now the couple must tear down a porch extension at the front, a separate office and the hot tub area.

But Brecon Beacons National Park officials told him it was agricultural land in Trecastle, Powys. Now the couple must tear down a porch extension at the front, a separate office and the hot tub area (the inside of the extension is pictured)

Mark said: ‘If I’d painted it pink and put a ferris wheel outside, I’d understand, but I haven’t.’ The couple has now complained to estate agents Clee Tompkinson Francis – claiming they were told they could do what they wanted with the land

They must also remove the large garden shed, the balcony, gabion supports and a boarded fence around a dog area.

Mark, who helps with army training in Sennybridge, said: ‘It’s just been a real heartache with the pressure we’ve been under.

‘I know Kerrie wants to stay but I just want to move away now after everything we’ve been through.’

The couple say a National Park officer told them there had been one complaint made – and not from a neighbour.

Mark said: ‘If I’d painted it pink and put a ferris wheel outside, I’d understand, but I haven’t.’

The couple has now complained to estate agents Clee Tompkinson Francis – claiming they were told they could do what they wanted with the land.

A spokesman for the estate agents said: ‘I can confirm that we have received a complaint from Mr and Mrs Owen.

‘This is currently under investigation via our complaints procedure and we are therefore unable to comment further.’

A Brecon Beacons National Park spokeswoman said they were unable to comment because it is a ‘live case’.

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