It is not as if German tennis star Boris Becker does not have enough problems on his plate at the moment as he battles through divorce proceedings, but the on-going problems over his Majorcan home in Arta are continuing to be a thorn in his side. Now the Majorcan Insular Development Commission, the planning authority, has failed to approve the extensions and renovations Becker has carried out at the secluded farmhouse. Ironically, Becker had planned to see in the millennium last year with his family in Majorca, but building work was apparently behind schedule and it looks unlikely he will be making another attempt this weekend either. The fault apparently lies with the Arta council which failed to submit the plans for approval by the Insular Council of Majorca's planning department - which should have been done first. Becker has extended the house to twice the size permitted in accordance with the Arta planning laws which state that buildings on rural land can not be larger than 500 square metres, the Becker property is 945 square metres. Arta council did approve a motion to apply to the Insular Council to modify the law to allow properties of more than 500 square metres on areas of land larger than 15'000 square metres, as in Becker's case - but despite the council's bid to help the tennis star, the ball still remains firmly in its court.


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