Walton on Thames



When celebrities cross the line – planning applications of the rich and famous


Hugely popular singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran may find it easy to succeed in the pop charts, but he’s been finding it more difficult to top the popularity charts with his neighbours. Sheeran is the subject of the latest in a long line of celebrity planning application stories, having been accused of building what could be used as a swimming pool, having originally specified it as a pool for wildlife. The local council in Suffolk is yet to issue a final decision in the matter, but it’s caused plenty of disquiet within the local community.


Celebrity chef Alain Roux fell foul of his neighbours in 2016 when a house he owned in Bray was fitted with replacement windows made from uPVC. The property was mainly used for accommodation for staff members who worked in his nearby restaurant, and the windows that replaced a previous set of traditional wooden sash windows really didn’t go down well.


Actress Anna Friel faced similar levels of wrath from her neighbours and her local council in 2017. Her Georgian home is in a conservation area close to Windsor Castle, and a major renovation project involving the addition of a single storey extension brought with it a host of problems.


When neighbours don’t become good friends


There has been a very public row in recent years between former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and one-time Take That heart-throb Robbie Williams, and it was all due to a planning application. These two superstars live next door to each other in London’s Holland Park, and the arguments began when Williams wanted to have a basement swimming pool installed in his home. After five years of wrangling, Williams won.


It’s interesting to note that one planning row occurred in relation to a property that’s perhaps even more famous than the superstars who spent time inside it. The property used for both Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother was the subject of applications in 2018 that allowed it to continue being used for future series. In the end, permission was duly granted by Hertsmere Borough Council, although the programme makers have since said no further series would be made.


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