Robbie Williams has won permission to renovate his London mansion, against the wishes of celebrity neighbour Jimmy Page.
The former Take That singer lives next door to Led Zeppelin guitarist Page in west London with his wife, Ayda (pictured above). The pair have been locked in an ongoing debate about Williams’ plans to rennovate the home he bought from the late Michael Winner for £17.5m in 2013.
Page was previously thought to have won his battle with Williams after he initially withdrew proposals to develop his mansion. Williams has been planning to make changes to the garden and the layout of his house, as well as replacing the roof of its glass studio. But Page objected to the renovations, and hired architects, structural engineers and town planners to put together reports arguing why they should not go ahead.
However, Williams came up with fresh plans in March, which Page again objected to. Williams planned to alter every floor of the property as well as removing a swimming pool and gym plus the rebuilding of a garage.
Page lives in the Tower House property, once saved from demolition by Sir John Betjeman, and feared that Williams’ plans for his own home could damage his. However, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea planning committee held a meeting this week and, after discussing the issue with Historic England, gave the pop star permission to carry out the work he has planned.
The Telegraph reports that a council report said: “The vibration monitoring information states that there would be no harm to Tower House, which has an important interior decorative scheme and finishes as reflected in its listing at Grade I.
“Historic England has advised that the proposed works at the application site are modest and occur a reasonable distance away from the Tower House, and that there is no risk of the Tower House being affected by ground movement as a result of the proposed works.”
Williams must be measures in place to ensure that any vibrations from construction work do not put Page’s home in any structural danger. Excavations must be dug by hand and hand tools must be used to break out existing concrete slabs.
Page recently wrote to Kensington and Chelsea Council, claiming that similar renovations carried out on other properties in the area had resulted in a level of vibration that had caused concern.