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Jimmy Page WINS planning battle with Robbie Williams after proposals are withdrawn



Rock legend Jimmy Page appears to have won his planning battle with Robbie Williams after the pop star sensationally withdrew all proposals to develop his mansion.

Williams, 41, bought the late Michael Winner's home in Holland Park in 2013 for £17.5 million.

He submitted two sets of plans for the property, known as Woodland House, which included relatively minor improvements along with a massive subterranean extension.

But the plans went down like a Led Zeppelin with his next door neighbour, Jimmy Page, who has lived in Grade I listed Tower House since 1972.

Page kicked off a planning row by writing a strongly worded objection letter about the proposals.

It escalated last month when Page hired two architectural experts to back his opinion that Tower House is so historically important it should be protected from any nearby development.


Jimmy Page's home

Another neighbour objected while one critic of the plans sent an objection letter to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea - from MELBOURNE.

On Thursday, the architects behind the planned project, Harper Downie, withdrew the plans. The firm today declined to comment.

It represents a big kick in the teeth for Williams, who bought 46-room Woodland House in 2013 for £17.5 million.

The property is one of the borough's best known homes thanks, in part, to its late former owner, the film director and food critic Michael Winner.


Jimmy Page pictured at the BRIT Awards

Williams first wanted to carry out a number of interior alterations to turn the Victorian mansion into a contemporary family pad.

He then submitted fresh plans for a two-storey, underground extension, measuring around 3,600sq/ft.

This is almost four times the size of the average new build in England and Wales and would have made up 11 per cent of the total accommodation.

In a letter to Kensington and Chelsea Council, submitted last month, Page expressed serious concern about how work could cause damage to the "irreplaceable interior" of his home.


Robbie's pad is on the right

He said: "Similar schemes have been carried out on other properties in the area locally and each time the level of vibration cause during the works has caused concern about the effect on decorative finished in The Tower House.

"The work now proposed to Woodland House is much nearer than other major excavations carried out so far and the consequences for the building fabric and decorative finished of The Tower House may well be catastrophic if this project is allowed to proceed."

Page's concerns were supported by a report carried out by historical building consultants Andrew Townsend Architects.

Mr Townsend, who has been practising as an architect for nearly 30 years, described The Tower House as "one of the most important houses built in this country in the nineteenth century".


Backing down: Robbie Williams

He said there would be "serious and very real concern" that major vibrations will be transferred to the building fabric of The Tower House during the proposed works.

This would create "the potential for damage to the fabric of the house and especially to the decorative finishes in the rooms on the east side of the house", he added.

The view has been supported by surveyors from civil engineering firm Clive Hudson Associates.

It is not the first time Williams, who is married to Ayda Field, has had a high profile property setback.

In 2009, the former Take That star paid £8.1 million for Compton Bassett House, which is regarded as one of Wiltshire's grandest privately owned properties.

However, four-years later it was back on the market and failed to sell despite a £5.5 million price-tag.

A spokesperson for Williams declined to comment.

From: The Mirror

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