The Competition Commission's groceries inquiry has decided M&S now represents effective competition to the major multiples, which should make it easier for Sir Stuart Rose's outfit to build new stores.

But that will be of little comfort to M&S marketing director Steven Sharp who, according to the East Anglian Daily Times, faces opposition to his own plans to build a swimming pool at his home in Southwold.

Sharp had permission to build the indoor pool but found himself on the end of enforcement action from Waveney District Council because the building, which is under construction, is taller than the agreed 2.5m. When neighbours complained, Sharp attempted to gain permission retrospectively for the taller building but found his application knocked back by planning officials, who said the building might end up as tall as 3.85m.

Sharp told the newspaper: "I take the views of my neighbours and local residents very seriously and I share their frustrations. I have asked the architect to work with the planners to bring this mistake to a satisfactory resolution as soon as possible."

Bogof wonders why Sharp would need such a tall building for a swimming pool. Could it be for the extra large hair dryer needed to dry his famous long locks?