A couple embroiled in a planning dispute with their £15.5 million lottery winner neighbour have had their application approved.
Christopher Rawlins and his wife Debbie have been granted permission to use an outbuilding at their Staffordshire farm as an office for their CCTV installation company by South Staffordshire District Council.
Former lorry driver Tom Naylor, aged 50, and his wife Rita, aged 49, who moved into the neighbouring £ 375,000 four-bedroom barn conversion in Ivetsy Bank, near Stafford, after winning the jackpot in November 2001, had opposed the proposal.
The planning application and objection were referred to South Staffordshire District Council who found in favour of Mr and Mrs Rawlins.
Mrs Rawlins said: "We are very relieved to have planning permission because we can just get on with running our business and there's not a lot he can do about it now."
Mr Naylor, who owns four luxury cars and has been ordered by planning officials to stop work on expanding his garages, complained that his neighbours wanted seven
parking spaces. Mr and Mrs Rawlins said they needed them for their company van, three cars and the car of the one woman they employ to work in their office.
Mr Naylor has already turned his existing two garages into four and built a further two, but when he began building two more without planning permission he was ordered to stop building by the council.
He has now applied for planning permission.
Mrs Rawlins said that she and her husband had not lodged an objection, despite the building work doubling the size of Mr Naylor's original barn conversion, which has restricted building rights.
The millionaire couple, originally from Wednesbury, claimed that planning consent for an office would lead to waste being dumped, an increase in traffic, and be equivalent to light industrial use. Mr and Mrs Rawlins, Mr and Mrs Naylor, and the Naylors' solicitor attended the meeting on Tuesday.
A letter to South Staffordshire District Council from Mr Naylor's solicitor, Timothy Calloway, stated: "It is thought that the applicant has a number of employees, or regular subcontractors, most of whom are, presumably, engaged in installing equipment."
But Mr and Mrs Rawlins said there would only be two people working from the office.