Author Trollope doesn’t like other people’s storeys
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
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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.
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homesandproperty.co.uk/ rules Bestseller’s happy ending: Joanna Trollope objected to neighbours’ roof extension plans