Author Trol­lope doesn’t like other peo­ple’s storeys

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NOV­EL­IST Joanna Trol­lope is cel­e­brat­ing vic­tory af­ter a cam­paign to stop five of her neigh­bours in Chelsea build­ing match­ing roof ex­ten­sions at their homes.

Kens­ing­ton & Chelsea coun­cil has re­fused per­mis­sion for the se­ries of mansard roof ex­ten­sions on the town­house-style prop­er­ties just off King’s Road in SW3. Three-bed­room homes VISIT

for de­tails of our usual pro­mo­tion rules. When you re­spond to pro­mo­tions, of­fers or com­pe­ti­tions, the Lon­don Even­ing Stan­dard and its sis­ter com­pa­nies may con­tact you with rel­e­vant of­fers and ser­vices that may be of in­ter­est. Please give your mo­bile num­ber and/or email ad­dress if you would like to re­ceive such of­fers by text or email.

Ed­i­to­rial: 020 3615 2650 Ad­ver­tise­ment man­ager: Ann Fi­nan Ad­ver­tis­ing: 020 3615 0266 Homes & Prop­erty, North­cliffe House, 2 Derry Street, Kens­ing­ton, Lon­don W8 5TT. in the street sell for up to £3.3 mil­lion. The project, which would have cost each owner £ 75,000 to £ 100,000, would have in­creased the value of their homes by 10 to 20 per cent by adding one very large bed­room suite or two smaller bed­rooms.

Miss Trol­lope, 73, best-sell­ing author of more than 30 mostly ro­man­tic nov­els, was one of 13 neigh­bours along the quiet street of ter­race houses who ob­jected to the plan. “The ad­di­tion of an ex­tra storey on the houses across the street will dra­mat­i­cally af­fect the amount of light fall­ing on mine and my neigh­bours’ prop­er­ties,” she wrote to the coun­cil in an of­fi­cial ob­jec­tion to the joint plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion. “As the amount and qual­ity of light is one of the chief charms of the street, this is a se­ri­ous ob­jec­tion.”

Distin­guished bar­ris­ter Sir Ge­of­frey Nice QC, who worked with the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Tri­bunal for for­mer Yu­goslavia and was one of the pros­e­cu­tors at the UN war crimes trial of ex­pres­i­dent Slo­bo­dan Milo­se­vic in The Hague, was no more im­pressed by the plans. He com­plained that the new floor would block light to his home and would leave him with a view of the back of the en­larged ter­race.

Find Ruth Bloom­field’s full story at home­sand­prop­

home­sand­prop­ rules Best­seller’s happy end­ing: Joanna Trol­lope ob­jected to neigh­bours’ roof ex­ten­sion plans

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