Poole Harbour retreat will become eco holiday home

A multimillionaire has won his battle to turn one of the islands in Poole Harbour into a family holiday home.

Edward Iliffe bought the island for £2.5 million in 2005 but was turned down planning permission to build on the unspoiled terrain, which has been declared a site of Special Scientific Interest.

Iliffe, who has a £240million fortune, plans to build a six-bedroom carbon-neutral house made of cedar logs and powered by solar panels.

“I’m delighted. To access the island you need a boat with quite a flat bottom and when it’s rough you do get wet,” he told The Mirror.

Neighbouring island Furzey is owned by BP while Brownsea Island belongs to the National Trust.

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