Even the rich lose out
ABRITISH radio tycoon who spent more than £100 million on the penthouse flat next to his London home in the hope of creating a 10-bedroom super-flat has had his hopes dashed — for now.
Westminster council’s planning committee was last night due to refuse Ashley Tabor the right to combine the two flats at The Knightsbridge, one of prime London’s most expensive blocks, on the grounds that the project would result in a net loss of housing in the borough at a time when councils are under mounting Government pressure to increase their number of homes.
Mr Tabor, 36, founder of Global Radio which includes Classic FM, Heart, and Capital, was awarded an OBE for services to the media industry in this summer’s Queen’s birthday honours.
In 2006 he spent £15.2 million on a four- bedroom flat at The Knightsbridge. In May this year he bought the second, six-bedroom property for a reported £90 million. Stamp duty of £13.5 million pushes the second purchase above £100 million.
He applied for permission to combine the two flats into a 15,000sq ft home, which would create one of the most valuable flats in the world. He has a twoyear-old son and his planning consultants, Gerald Eve, said the aim was to create a “large, modern family home where the family could live separately from guest accommodation and other more public areas of the house.”
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Family man: Ashley Tabor wanted to combine two flats at The Knightsbridge, SW7