Even the rich lose out

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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.”

Find Ruth Bloom­field’s full story at home­sand­prop­erty.co.uk

Fam­ily man: Ashley Ta­bor wanted to com­bine two flats at The Knights­bridge, SW7

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