The new owner of the Crown Farm estate in Eton Wick is in conflict with the Royal Borough's planning enforcement team over the removal of hedgerows and construction of a fence running alongside the site's borders on Eton Wick Road.

The Royal Borough has been inundated with complaints from villagers after hedgerows were dug up with a JCB and last week enforcement officers met the new owner of the site Maurice Sines.

They reported back that Mr Sines had agreed to work with the council to replace the hedgerow.

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But over the weekend residents claimed on the village website that more hedgerow had been dug up and a fence put up along the site of hedgerows already removed.

On Tuesday the council's deputy leader Cllr Samantha Rayner put a statement on the village website from the council's planning enforcement team, stating that its officers had met the landowner again that morning and that he had confirmed putting up the fence while importing soil to level the land.

The enforcement officers' statement said: "The owner has been advised that the work over the weekend is beyond what was confirmed at a site meeting last week.

"In respect of the newly erected fence this will have to be removed, as it is positioned where the replacement hedgerow will need to be replanted.

"We will also be working with the tree team to establish if the erection of the fence has negatively affected the protected trees on site."

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The 5.2 acres of farmland that make up Crown Farm was bought on auction in June for £783,000

Soon afterwards representatives from Eton Town Council and Eton Wick Village Association met Mr Sines there at his request, where he firmly denied rumours that he planned to allow travellers' caravans on the site but said he was planning some form of development and would apply for planning permission when the time came.