The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Film star seeking approval for her windows

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Film star Tilda Swinton is locked in a privacy planning battle over her home in the Highlands.

The Chronicles of Narnia actress wants to alter renovation plans amid concerns neighbours could see into her mansion.

The Oscar-winner lodged proposals for an extension at the back of her B-listed property two years ago.

But after work started she realised the windows were in the wrong place and her neighbours would be able to see in.

She is asking Highland Council for retrospect­ive listed building consent, having started work to relocate them without permission last October.

“Neighbours would be able to see into the room”

Ms Swinton, 59, lives in Nairn, with her partner Sandro Kopp, an artist, and her twins, Honor and Xavier, 22.

She first sought consent to demolish an outhouse and a “poorly constructe­d library”.

The applicatio­n by her agent states: “LBC (listed building consent) had been obtained and the client realised there was a privacy issue with the gable windows facing the boundary wall.

“The neighbours would be able to see into the room.”

Last year Ms Swinton won a battle to refurbish her home and build a wet room for her dogs.

The Architectu­ral Heritage Society of Scotland had said the extension would spoil the character of the 115-yearold building.

But councillor­s backed a recommenda­tion from planners who said: “The scale of this proposal is considerab­le, but it is not significan­tly larger than the existing extensions.”

Ms Swinton won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Michael Clayton.

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