Karia and his garden where he's planning to plonk the pad
A solicitor-advocate has provoked the ire of his neighbours over his plans for a helipad in his garden, which will enable mega-wealthy clients to fly in.
Mayus Karia, is a "ferocious and meticulous" lawyer according to his bio on the London Litigation Partnership's website. Not hiding his light under a bushel, the bio states that Karia is a "genius in strategic planning of the case from start to finish and a confident team leader...akin to the genius of Field Marshal Montgomery in the battlefield"
While Monty was up against Rommel's German Afrika Corps, Karia may have to battle irate neighbours annoyed with his plans for a helipad in his garden.
Winchester City Council had previously granted Karia permission to construct the helipad, but limited its use to two personal round trips a month between 8am and 6pm.
However, the lawyer has now applied for unrestricted use to allow for multiple landings and take-offs. Karia's planning agent says in the application that "a loosening of the restriction" was needed "to allow flexibility of irregular visits by some clients."
The application states that Karia has several billionaire clients, including two high-profile Americans, who need to use the helipad to fly in for consultations.
However, some residents of Dudley village (population of around 1,000) are furious at the prospect of helicopters whizzing by, according to a report in The Times.
A number of the locals have filed objections with the council, with arguments including that the unrestricted flights could disturb pets and livestock.
Some have slammed the lawyer for his "selfish" actions, given that Southampton airport is just seven miles away, and there is also a small airfield nearby.
A retired neighbour in his 70s who lives opposite Karia’s property, with his wife, said they moved to the village for a “peaceful retirement”.
“I’m not opposed to a helicopter now and again, we can accept that, but it’s changed from personal and now sounds like it’s to fly his clients in,” said the neighbour. “Who knows, it could be three, four or six times a week. I don’t think it’s fitting with where we are - it’s not really for the village of Durley.”
Another neighbour complained: “It’s a rural area, there’s cattle and horses that are going to be spooked by a helicopter”. He said it would be “a detriment to the area and it’s not something you expect in Durley”.
One local singer-songwriter who has a studio said the noise could impact her work, and that she had chosen to move to the area "because it was so quiet."
However, not everyone opposed the plans. One resident farmer who had lived in the village for some 40 years said his cattle were used to hearing air traffic. "There are enough helicopters going over here already. They take no notice."
Karia did not respond to a request for comment.
It is not the first time that a lawyer has become embroiled in a row with their neighbours. One lawyer enraged a neighbour with his giant new mansion, another had a neighbourly spat over bee poo, and at least one lawyer has sought an injunction over a neighbour's growling toilet.