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Injured marine wins battle for bungalow
A maimed soldier involved in a high-profile battle with council chiefs over plans to build a specially-adapted bungalow has finally been given the go-ahead.
War hero Joe Townsend, 20, has been told he can now build his dream home on his grandfather David Carter's land.
The soldier had been involved in a stand-off with Wealden District Council in East Sussex after councillors rejected an original bid to build the home on the grounds it would be 'intrusive'.
The rejection prompted tens of thousands of people to rally to Mr Townsend's cause.
Many people said Mr Townsend deserved permission for the property after losing both legs, one completely and one to the knee, after stepping on a mine in February last year while serving in Afghanistan.
The Tory-led council came under increasing pressure as Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Conservative leader David Cameron waded in to urge the authority to reconsider its decision.
Councillor Roy Galley, cabinet member for strategic planning and housing delivery said: "There have been significant amendments to both the location and design compared to the previous application, placing it as part of a complex of existing outbuildings.
"We would like to wish Joe Townsend all the best in his new home when it is completed."