Sandbanks

Sandbanks
Thursday 17 January 2008 10:35pm – 11:05pm on ITV1.

Piers Morgan has been discovering why Sandbanks in Dorset has become one of the most expensive places to live in the world, turning it into a magnet for the super rich.

Tonight, in the final programme of this new three part series transmitting on consecutive nights, Piers looks to the future of the tiny sand dune and finds out its prosperity is being threatened. Frighteningly experts are predicting that climate change could sink the peninsula and end the Sandbanks dream.

Dr Edward Coombe, former lecturer and research fellow at Oxford University and coastal geomorphologist, specialises in the effect of global warming on coastal tides. He predicts an impending disaster.

Dr Coombe says: “This is a tourist jewel. The fact still remains that what is going to happen must be inevitable I am afraid.

“Sandbanks is a wave created land form. Increasing sea levels now are going to eventually destroy it….Once you try to urbanise the coast you are inviting trouble,” he warns.

But the main Sandbanks players at the centre of the lucrative redevelopment don’t buy it.

“That’s just a mad professor who is coming out with poppycock ideas,” says property tycoon Richard Carr.

Eddie Mitchell, who is looking to create a ten million pound lighthouse-style restaurant in the most vulnerable part of Sandbanks, isn’t put off by the doctor’s prediction either. “I don’t think the sand is going to raise,“ he says confidently.

Piers also asks that, with the over-inflated prices, could it be the economy that overheats first and ends the Sandbanks dream?

Sandbanks
Wednesday 16 January 2008 10:35pm – 11:05pm on ITV1.

A small peninsular jutting out from the coast of Dorset that little over 100 years ago was no more than a sand dune housing a couple of coastguard cottages has become one of the most expensive places to live in the world.

Today Sandbanks is a developers’ paradise, a playground to the rich and famous which, with properties on the market for up to £12 million pounds, has become known as Britain’s answer to Monte Carlo.

In programme two of this new three part documentary series transmitting over consecutive nights, Piers Morgan meets the new movers and shakers in Sandbanks and asks if the beauty of this tiny goldmine is being eroded by the influx of new money.

Property tycoon Richard Carr has built a reputation for himself as public enemy number one thanks to the incredibly lucrative business he has forged that involves flattening old family homes and replacing them with flats around Sandbanks. With a boat called Agent Provocateur, he has swiftly become used to his less than favourable reputation.

Chairing the anti-Richard Carr society is Terry Stewart from the Local Residents Association.

Terry says: “We have these developers who are almost continuously knocking down very attractive houses to put up ugly blocks of flats which are totally out of character for the area”.

But Richard makes no apologies for the role he is playing in the redevelopment of Sandbanks:

“I’m very single minded, I go about my business in the correct way. Unfortunately there are people that live in this area that have very little to do except stop progress.

“I go about my business in a very tough and businesslike manner. When you get told you can’t do something I always find a way of getting what I need to get … I am not doing anything that is illegal. I am providing homes, and economic development for this area and I am proud I can do that.”

Elsewhere in Sandbanks, Piers meets those caught up in the demand for the new properties on offer such as Paul Mayden who is a self-made millionaire. He made 32 million pounds in just nine months. He has nine cars and could live anywhere in the world. But he has opted for Sandbanks.

Piers also gets an exclusive peek inside the new home belonging to seven million pound Portsmouth signing Sulley Muntari and his international model girlfriend who have just joined the Sandbanks rich list.

Sandbanks
Tuesday 15 January 2008 10:35pm – 11:05pm on ITV1.

A small peninsular jutting out from the coast of Dorset that little over 100 years ago was no more than a sand dune housing a couple of coastguard cottages, has become one of the most expensive places to live in the world.

Today Sandbanks is a developers’ paradise, a playground to the rich and famous which, with properties on the market for up to £12 million pounds, has become known as Britain’s answer to Monte Carlo.

Piers Morgan presents a new three part documentary series exploring the extraordinary phenomenon that is Sandbanks – less than 5 km of shoreline with a beach one side and a harbour the other – where a boom in the 1990s means only popstars, footballers and multi-millionaires can afford to buy the new super homes.

But despite the beautiful harbour adorned with million pound yachts, it’s not all plain sailing on Sandbanks. Some of the older and more traditional residents aren’t in favour of the sudden influx of new money and redevelopment.

War veteran Jack Holsgrove paid £60,000 for his beach property 35 years ago and refuses to sell despite the estate agents who turn up on his doorstep uninvited, with a promise of millions for his home.

“I am not selling….Where would I go to better this?” Says Jack. “No way, what would I do with 10 million? Not at any price. I wouldn’t have time to spend it.”

And Jack is not alone. Eddie Mitchell – the property developer responsible for innovative creations such as Thunderbird – a five bedroom copper roofed semi-circular dream home on the market for £3.25 million – is being met with ripples of resentment from some Sandbanks old timers, who are concerned about the pressure they say such development is putting on local amenities, as well as worries about it spoiling the area’s original character.

In programme one Piers Morgan lifts the lid on the Sandbanks phenomenon meeting the main players including ‘The David Beckham of Sandbanks’ as Piers calls him – Portsmouth FC manager, Harry Redknapp. Harry shows Piers around the £10 million sea front property he owns on what has become known as Sandbanks’ millonaires’ row.

Piers also meets £7 million Portsmouth signing Sulley Montari, property developer Eddie Mitchell famous for his outrageous creations, Richard Carr, a controversial local boy made good who’s knocking down houses to make way for blocks of flats, Tom Doyle, the estate agent who’s made so much money from the goldrush that he owns two Bentleys, and leading the campaign against the redevelopment, Terry Stewart, President of the local Residents’ Association.

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