With a nickname like Pirate Island, it would have been a brave planning enforcer indeed who tried to invade the shores and send in the bulldozers.
But now, after months of legal wrangling, a wealthy landowner who spent millions building his own pirate themed island only to be told it could be knocked down, has finally been granted planning permission.
Mr Challis spent several million pounds creating the artificial island in the middle of the lake on his family’s country estate five miles north of Cambridge, and transforming it into his own pirate-themed paradise.
Mr Challis reportedly built the island in tribute to his late grandfather and family business founder John Dickerson who bought the site in the 1970s.
But he neglected to get planning permission and faced a battle to get it approved by South Cambridgeside District Council.
A retrospective application was submitted but then withdrawn and a new application was submitted with a bigger area of land containing trees and hedges to wall it off.
Luckily for Mr Challis the new application was widely supported allowing him to keep his home.
Mr Dickerson founded a haulage firm which recently sold for several million pounds.
He had originally bought the site which boasts the impressive island thirty years ago for the extraction of sand and gravel.
He lived on a boathouse on the lake and added an office and stables before suddenly dying in 1999.
He employed Master Wish Makers - specialists in making the eccentric dreams of the rich come true - who helped him transform the site.
They created a fantastical pirate island complete with five Georgian-style, 18th century buildings set among cascading waterfalls and ornamental shrubbery.
'We were confident about it, but we’re still very happy it’s all gone through as it took us around 14 months to do.'
All of the island’s buildings were made from wooden oak and Douglas fir frames, with roofs made from cedar tiles or thatch for authenticity
The buildings - all for private use - include a fully-working one-and-a-half-a-storey pub called The Black Dubloon.
There is also a guest house called Coffer’s Cabin, in the style of a military commander’s office, a beach hut named Lubber’s Locker and a sun deck.