Captain Tom spa pool in Marston Moretaine demolished

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A crane removed the spa from Capt Sir Tom’s daughter’s home in Bedfordshire

By Danny Fullbrook & PA Media

BBC News, Bedfordshire

A crane has been used to take apart the unauthorised spa building at the home of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s daughter.

Work first began on Tuesday at Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, to demolish the complex at the family’s property.

Hannah Ingram-Moore and her husband Colin lost an appeal in October against an order to remove the building, which included a pool, toilets and a kitchen.

Ms Ingram-Moore was on site on Friday and watched as the £200,000 development was dismantled.

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A hot tub was hooked up to chains and hoisted up through the open roof of the block, which was taken off by workers earlier in the week.

The building was named after Capt Sir Tom, who raised £38m for the NHS by walking laps of his garden during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020.

After the army veteran died in February 2021, aged 100, his family set up a separate charity in his honour.

Planning permission was initially granted for an L-shaped building in the grounds of the family home which would host memorabilia and celebrate Capt Sir Tom’s legacy.

Revised proposals for a C-shaped building were then submitted in February 2022 “for private use” – which Central Bedfordshire Council refused.

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The removal of the spa pool came three years after the death of Capt Sir Tom on February 2, 2021

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Hannah Ingram-Moore watched as the spa pool was removed ahead of the demolition deadline on 7 February

During the planning hearing in October, representatives for the family said the spa pool would offer “rehabilitation sessions” and the building would enable the public to enjoy the celebrated fundraiser’s work.

However, planning inspector Diane Fleming said the “scale and massing” of the complex “resulted in harm” to The Old Rectory.

Ms Ingram-Moore and her husband asked for 12 months to comply with the demolition notice, but this request was refused.

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A council planning inspector said the spa complex (the C-shaped building to the right of the pond) “resulted in harm” to The Old Rectory

The Captain Tom Foundation is under investigation by the Charity Commission, amid concerns his family may have profited from using his name.

The foundation said it would “work closely” with the inquiry.

During the Planning Inspectorate hearing, family lawyer Scott Stemp said the foundation was “unlikely to exist” in the future.

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Capt Sir Tom Moore became famous for his fundraising efforts during the first coronavirus lockdown

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