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Rogers 'breached planning law'

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Richard Rogers has been forced to stop construction work on his £12 million town house after he was found to be in breach of planning laws

The architect, who owns a grade II listed property in Kensington and Chelsea, partially stopped work at the 150-year-old property after he realised he did not have the proper building consent.

The home on St Leonards Terrace (pictured), which he owns with his wife Ruth Rogers, is currently hidden behind a mountain of scaffolding.

Rogers must now however apply for retrospective Listed Building Consent before workmen can continue with ‘those elements requiring listed building consent’ on the £100,000 scheme.

The Striling Prize-winner is already in discussion with the local authority to ensure the correct consent is in place before carrying on with the project which is being overseen by Stuart Forbes Associates. Forbes had worked with Richard Rogers until setting up on his own in 2006.

As well as being embarrassing for Rogers, the breach could still lead to prosecution.

A council spokesperson said: ‘We accept that this work began as repair and redecoration not requiring listed building consent. However as the project progressed it became clear that more extensive work was required. The Council’s conservation team has been kept informed and we believe that an application for listed building consent will be submitted shortly.’

‘On the information available to us, we see no evidence that this is anything other than a legitimate repair project which has become more extensive by necessity, taking it into territory where consent maybe required. The project team themselves have recognised this and are submitting an application. We see no public interest in prosecution and believe this matter is best resolved through discussion.’

A spokesperson for English Heritage said: ‘English Heritage would always encourage anyone thinking of making changes to their listed property to speak to their local authority to discuss how they might execute changes without harming the special architectural and historic interest of the building and whether consents are necessary – this would be the best practice approach.’

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