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Golfer Nick Faldo's wedding day Temple plan denied green light by municipal

Friday 15 June 2001 @ 15:33 - GMT

Top British golfer Nick Faldo has been banned from building a £50,000 Roman love temple in his garden for his wedding ceremony, the Press Association reported on June 13, 2001.

Municipal council planners at Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council rejected the plan to construct the temple, complete with busts of the Roman god and goddess Apollo and Diana, for his wedding to Valerie Bercher, 27.

Faldo, 43, who is getting married for the third time, wanted the structure to provide the backdrop to their marriage at his home in Old Windsor, Berkshire, on July 28, 2001.

Officials advised councillors to oppose the plans because his five-acre estate is on protected green belt land.

It was also considered that the temple would clash with the 18th century Gothic mansion.

The golfer recently paid £2.5 million for the pink-painted, Grade II listed building, with spectacular views of Windsor Castle, set in what used to be Elton John's 37-acre garden. His home backs onto Elton's estate.