First of all Jo posted an entry on instagram on 17th February where she looked like she was involved in house renovations. Secondly I agree with the openly xenophobic comments. Every time the media have a your comment on Jo it is just asking for trouble. I don't whether it is because she is a woman or because tennis is an individual sport but I think she gets more xenophobic comments than any other British sports person. Ben Stokes is not British but it doesn't seem to trouble anybody. Chris Froome has little connection with GB. International Rugby teams are full of players who seem to have little connection with the countries they are playing for. The GB rugby league team included Australians who weren't good enough to play for Australia. Our football league teams are full of foreigners which much dilute our international team choice. Sofia Kenin was born in Russia to Russian parents but don't suppose Americans are troubled about it. Similarly in a byegone era Martina Navratilova had no family connection with the USA. Russian tennis players born in Moscow turn up playing for Kazakhstan such as Putintseva and Rybakina. Remember the awful interview John Humphrys did with Jo just after Wimbledon 2017?I think refusal was a combination of an over aggressive representative of the Woodland Trust who was looking for a high profile scalp (he certainly bragged about it on social media) and media coverage that stirred up the locals (objections came very late in the process). I believe the house constructors thought there was a case for appeal but Jo withdrew because media coverage of the location would not allow her parents privacy. As I understand it, Jo's plans were a significant improvement on the run down bungalow it was replacing.
Jo gets a lot of unfair negative "reader" comments on Mail Online, BBC and other media, many openly xenophobic. The media (eg Express, Sun, DM and sadly, BBC) have lot to answer for in the way the public perceives Jo.