Rob­bie gets the un­der­ground pool he craved

...but only by splash­ing out on home miles from his war with neigh­bour Jimmy Page

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Katie Hind SHOWBUSINESS EDI­TOR

IT HAS been one of mu­sic’s most bit­ter and long-run­ning dis­putes – pit­ting Led Zep­pelin le­gend Jimmy Page against next-door neigh­bour Rob­bie Wil­liams in a bat­tle over a base­ment.

But Rob­bie ap­pears to have fi­nally called a truce in the five-year con­fronta­tion – by mov­ing out.

At the cen­tre of the row was Rob­bie’s dream of creat­ing a lux­ury base­ment spa com­plete with pool un­der his £17mil­lion West Lon­don man­sion.

He has made three plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions for the spa since buy­ing the house in 2013, but each time Page has ob­jected vo­cif­er­ously.

He fears the ex­ca­va­tion would af­fect his Grade I-listed man­sion next door, built in 1781 – and at the last coun­cil meet­ing in May, plan­ners again re­fused to ap­prove Rob­bie’s project.

Now The Mail on Sun­day can re­veal that for­mer Take That star Rob­bie has packed up and moved three miles away – from Hol­land Park to St John’s Wood – rent­ing a £32mil­lion home com­plete with the un­der­ground swim­ming pool he and wife Ayda craved.

And judg­ing by his stun­ning new home, Rob­bie may not ever want to re­turn. It has nine bed­rooms, a lav­ish cin­ema, a games room and a huge and per­fectly land­scaped gar­den. But it is the swim­ming pool, kit­ted out with state-of-the-art light­ing, that has en­cour­aged Rob­bie, 44, and Ayda, 39, to splash out £20,000 a month to live there.

Their move is the lat­est twist in the long-run­ning dis­pute.

Af­ter Rob­bie bought the 46-room Hol­land Park man­sion from the es­tate of the late Sir Michael Win­ner, he spent three years ren­o­vat­ing it be­fore mov­ing in, and has made re­peated ap­pli­ca­tions for the spa – in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Af­ter one knock­back, Rob­bie called Page ‘men­tally ill’ – an in­sult he later with­drew as he apol­o­gised.

Page has de­scribed Rob­bie as ‘a par­tic­u­lar nui­sance’.

Rob­bie’s side say he has of­fered to meet Page many times to dis­cuss his project, but that the gui­tarist has ignored the re­quests.

A source close to Rob­bie said: ‘When he bought the prop­erty in Hol­land Park he and Ayda dreamt of hav­ing a lux­u­ri­ous health spa. They spent years try­ing to get per­mis­sion. In the end, they thought the eas­i­est thing to do would be to move to a place that al­ready has one.’

Page has said: ‘I’m only the cus­to­dian of that house to pass it on to the next per­son, and on my watch I feel that I’ve got to do ev­ery­thing I can. It’s my duty.’

LAV­ISH: The £32mil­lion home, left, that Rob­bie and Ayda, above, are rent­ing for £20,000 a month. Top: Its il­lu­mi­nated pool

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