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New Forest swingers club owners defiant over council shutdown order
JCT2 is at the centre of a row over claims it has breached planning rules by transforming a detached £500,000 country retreat into a sex den complete with dungeons, playrooms and a hot tub.
New Forest District Council has served the owner with an enforcement notice ordering that the club is closed and all equipment removed.
The move has been appealed by the owner who claims the property is simply a residential home where his tenants regularly hold swinger parties.
The story was reported in yesterday’s Daily Echo, after which a message was posted on the club website, saying: “I am sure many of you will have seen the article in the Daily Echo about the club. We can assure you that it is business as usual at JCT2.”
Residents have objected to guests parking outside their homes and having to direct partygoers looking for the venue. They have gained the support of local MP Julian Lewis who wrote to the council urging them to take action over the activities at the property.
Today Mr Lewis welcomed the enforcement action by the council: “The New Forest is famous for many forms of recreational activity but this is one that adds nothing to its reputation.”
Mr Lewis, MP for New Forest East, said he had previously been in touch with the council about the club and was pleased action was now being taken.
Local councillors have added their support to the residents in their bid to see the club closed and have also written to the planning inspectorate who will make a decision on its future later in the year.
The district council claims the club breached planning rules by running a business from the address without applying for permission.
The JCT2 website sets out a list of guest “contributions” of up to £35 along with fees for hiring out the fully equipped dungeons, etiquette rules and a photographic tour of the playrooms and dancefloor with lap dancing poles.
The website also lists a string of social events, including fetish nights and events for Big Beautiful Women, that they say will go ahead despite the enforcement notice.