Rockstar loses planning battle

Rockstar loses planning battle

A council has ruled against a well-known rockstar after he objected to planning proposals at a neighbouring property….

A council has ruled against a well-known rockstar after he objected to planning proposals at a neighbouring property…

Former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page wrote a letter to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to express his concerns at work being carried out on a neighbouring property.

The property, Woodland House, 31 Melbury Road, London, was granted planning permission for minor interior alterations as well as demolishing and replacing an existing garage and the removal of three C grade trees.

Mr Page, who owns 29 Melbury Road also known as The Tower House, had submitted his objection to the work at the beginning of May when he expressed his concerns.

“I am extremely concerned about the level of vibration that may be caused and potential for structural movement and therefore damage to the Tower House as a result of these works,” wrote Page.

“These concerns are based on the advice of conservation structural engineer, David Evans, and conservation architect, Andrew Townsend, who have written clearly stating the threat to the Tower House if the proposals for Woodland House are permitted.”

Mr Page cited that recent exploratory work carried out to another property, 27 Melbury Road, had allegedly caused an “alarming level of vibration within the Tower House” and led to the fall of dust and debris in several rooms of the house.

However, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has chosen to grant permission for the proposed development works at 31 Melbury Road.

While granting permission the council did address Mr Page’s concerns over vibration and ruled that demolition and construction of a new garage would not be able to start until the method of how the work would be carried out was submitted to the council.

“To accord with the development plan by ensuring that the character and appearance of the area are preserved and living conditions of those living near the development suitably protected,” said the council.

“It is necessary for the condition to be on the basis that ‘No development shall commence until’ as compliance with the requirements of the condition at a later time would result in unacceptable harm contrary to the policies of the Development Plan.”

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea also added that noise emitted by all building services should not exceed a level of 10dBA, to prevent any significant disturbance to residents of nearby properties.

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