Madonna has been forced to halt the construction of a fence on her horse farm in New York after receiving a cease-and-desist notice from county officials who own the development rights to her land. The Material Girl moved back to her native U.S. from London following her split from her ex-husband, British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, in 2008.
In February this year, she bought 30 acres of land in New York vacation spot the Hamptons for a reported $10 million (6.7 million pound sterling), and named the property Wild Horses Farms. The pop star began building a fence around the property, but the work has since been put on hold after she failed to apply for permission from Southampton and Suffolk County officials, who own its development rights.
According to the New York Post, Madonna received a cease-and-desist letter from the county on July 7. The singer has reportedly filed an application for permission to complete the fence and a committee will review her plea on July 27.