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Is there bad blood between you and your employer?
As an employer myself, I think if this stunt was pulled on me, especially if there wasn't cover, I would defintely be considering my options for recourse...
But OP, if they say no, offer to work the notice, it makes life easier for everyone. Ultimately though, the employer won't want someone there who is desperate to leave, so have a polite conversation with them. I negotiated three weeks off my 3 months notice this way. I still twiddled my thumbs wfh for a month of the notice period as they didn't allocate me any work.
Remember too that an employer is not obliged to provide a reference and the popular myth that "you cannot give a bad reference" is just that - a complete myth!
You never know when something can come back to bite you.....
It seems likesomething that will cause more problems for you collegaues than for your employer. I think in your place I would give notice slightly erlier so that there was at least a week between giving notice and my last day. Otherwise the risk is that they will refuse the holiday request, to give them time to adjust rotas etc.
Maybe speak to your manager a week or so before and tel them you are planning to retire shortly and to comply with the policy propose to take the4 weeks of dececmber to use up your accued leave. If they sayyou cant do that, then you can either give your notice imemdiately, in which case it would expirre mid dcember and you'd still havecrhsitmas off, or they agree and you can formally give your notice and leave at the end of November, but they've had time to re-jig the rotas.