West London neighbors Jimmy Page and Robbie Williams are in a feud over plans Williams has for turning his Holland Park Victorian mansion into a contemporary family home.
The Daily Mail reports that Williams wants to do a number of interior alterations, including installing a lift and a recording studio, but Page, who lives next door, has objected to the changes in a strongly-worded letter to the Kensington and Chelsea City Council due to some planned exterior work.
The Led Zeppelin guitarist, who purchased his landmark home more than 40 years ago, writes, “I have been responsible for the protection of the Tower House for over 40 years and I am always concerned when proposals are made for nearby properties which may be detrimental to the well-being of this important heritage asset.”
Page says Williams’ house is Grade II listed and the exterior should be considered “sacrosanct.”
Page also expresses concern for a new window which will overlook the side of Page’s house and back garden, which the guitarist says will have a “significant impact on the amenity” of his property.
“I have been responsible for the protection of the Tower House for over 40 years and I am always concerned when proposals are made for nearby properties which may be detrimental to the well-being of this important heritage asset.”
Williams’ plans for constructing an underground pool also raise concerns that could cause “vibrations and possible structural” damage to Tower House. Page is also against Williams’ plans to knock down part of the home’s boundary wall to allow access to a planned garden car park.
The former Take That singer’s construction application states that the building work will take ten months to complete and would begin this month and wrapping in October. It also states that the workmen would only be accessing the site from 8 am to 6 pm on Mondays to Fridays and 8 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. The application claims no work will be performed on Sundays or bank holidays and that reversing vehicles would be guided by “suitably qualified banksman.”
Williams’ bought the 46 room property for £17 million ($25,909,275 US) in 2013 from late film director Michael Winner.
Page considers his home one of the most important properties in the Holland Park borough.
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