Spy author battles with farmer

21 July 1999

Spy author battles with farmer

JOHN LE CARRÉ, the celebrated spy writer, is in dispute with his local planning committee over plans by a local farmer to build a farmhouse on the Cornish coast.

The author, who charted the deceptions of fictional British and Russian spy networks, is objecting to proposals by Jimmy Thomas.

Mr Thomas wants to build a 4000ft2 (367m2) “agricultural dwelling” close to Le Carrés own cliff-top home and holiday cottage at Tregiffian near St Buryan.

Le Carré, whose real name is David Cornwell, has in the past made some 18 successful planning applications.

  • The Daily Telegraph 21/07/99 page 1

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