DIY nut dug secret underground tunnel below home without planning permission

A YouTube star spent years digging a secret underground tunnel between his house and his workshop before he applied for planning permission.

Colin Furze said despite one authority expressing fears of subsidence, it was easier to get permission for the large tunnel after the majority of it had already been built.

The Lincolnshire star has been documenting the project on his YouTube channel, which has nearly 12 million subscribers, and focuses on his big projects and wacky inventions, which have included everything from a hot tub BWW to a triple bath and slide.

Starting in 2018, this is one of the 42-year-old's biggest projects, and has seen the construction of a 1.2 metre wide by two metre high tunnel to link the workshop at his Stamford home to his house.

The tunnel, which comes up into a cupboard in his kitchen, has been reinforced with steel and concrete.

After years of working around his neighbours, so they weren't upset by the noise, he had one more hurdle to overcome – convincing the local authorities it was safe.

In his most recent video he revealed South Kesteven District Council has given retrospective planning permission for it, despite objections from the town council, Lincolnshire Live reported.

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But he breathed a sigh of relief when the mammoth project got the thumbs up adding "it's all good, I don't have to fill it in."

In spite of Stamford Town Council expressing a "strong objection" to the tunnel, citing "health and safety and subsidence concerns" Lincolnshire County Council had no concerns and green lit the permission.

Colin used his latest video to explain why he had applied for the planning permission after the building of the tunnel rather than before.

He said: "I didn't have permission for it, not until a week ago anyway.

"But I'm pleased to say it got planning permission, it's all good, I don't have to fill it in.

"It wasn't that I wasn't going to tell them, it's just that I always think it's a bit easier to ask for forgiveness than […] for permission and also if you're putting in planning permission before, you essentially just give everyone else a head start to moan or worry about it.

"I didn't want anybody to do that so I thought, let's just crack on with it.

"Up until the first video landed, it genuinely was a completely secret tunnel.

"Only a handful of people knew about it.

"The council were actually really good, it wasn't I think until about video five that somebody at the council saw it on Facebook and rang me up but they sent a guy out who was a really nice bloke.

"He came round and had a look and was quite impressed with it."

In its report on the application, South Kesteven District Council said: "There is still further works required to complete the tunnels linking the house to the workshop.

"This application is not for a change of use as the dwelling would remain residential and the work would be contained within the specific areas, ancillary to the overall residential use of the site."

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