Briton forced to demolish his dream house in Spain just weeks after his wife died of cancer … and even got a building permit – –

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Briton forced to demolish his dream house in Spain just weeks after his wife died of cancer … and even got a building permit – –


An innocent Briton whose dream home in Spain was embroiled in a corruption scandal was forced to demolish it after living there for 17 years.
Gurney Davey, 67, suffered the shock of his life when the local council ordered that the house he had built with his recently deceased wife be demolished, on pain of imprisonment.

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Gurney Davey, 67, was told he had six months to demolish his house or face jailCredit: The olive press
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Davey’s house after diggers rampage over itCredit: The olive press
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The letter from the law firm Manzanares. The couple had originally received permission from a “storage room”Credit: The olive press
The man and his recently deceased wife had lived in their dream home for 17 years
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The man and his recently deceased wife had lived in their dream home for 17 yearsCredit: The olive press

The news was a blow to the Briton, who now lives on the property in a van.

“At first I was upset, my blood pressure was very high, then I
lost my wife, ”Davey told Olive Press this week.

Speaking halfway through Friday’s demolition which cost him € 1,600, he
added that it actually came as “a kind of relief”.

Davey was forced to hire an excavator to demolish his house, which he had built for € 150,000.

The demolition puts an end to a legal saga that began in 2004.

“We thought we did everything right. We got legal advice and went
through a lawyer in order to obtain permission to build the house ”, Davey
Explain.

“Diana fought breast cancer for six years before bowel cancer – I am
of course the stress caused it.

Manzanares law firm told the Suffolk-born couple that they had a license for an “almacen” – storeroom in English – that would allow them to build the bungalow of their dreams in Tolox, Andalusia, Spain.

But he was later told it was one of 350 houses illegally allowed to be built by former corrupt mayor Juan Vera, who landed in jail.

He was told he had six months to demolish it or risk jail time – news that came shortly after his wife’s death.

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Davey had to pay for the demolition of his own houseCredit: The olive press
The property was among hundreds of illegal planning permissions granted by the corrupt mayor of the region.
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The property was among hundreds of illegal planning permissions granted by the corrupt mayor of the region.Credit: The olive press
No longer having a home, Davey now lives in a converted van
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No longer having a home, Davey now lives in a converted vanCredit: The olive press
Briton says his five dogs are all he has left
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Briton says his five dogs are all he has leftCredit: The olive press

“But luckily, it’s now over,” he explained. “It has been going on since
it’s been so long since I’ve finally figured out what needs to be done.
Having it demolished was actually a relief.

Davey now lives in a converted van that he keeps on the property and shares with his five dogs.

“This land is my home, it is my life and these dogs are all I have
left. “

He still has to know if he faces jail.

This is not the first time that British expats have seen their homes demolished
in Andalusia, with the Prior, in Almeria, the most famous victims.

They still live in the garage of their house today, more than 10 years since
the house was demolished in Vera.

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