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Water palaver: Kate Moss home plans irk neighbours


Supermodel Kate Moss has attracted the anger of local residents and politicians for her plans to renovate the Grade II-listed house that once belonged to poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

In planning documents submitted to Camden Council, the model has applied for renovations on the property at The Grove, Highgate for a steam room and kitchen, a free-standing bath on a plinth and eight CCTV cameras.

Local Green Party councillor Maya de Souza, who is a flood management adviser for Defra, said her main concern about the scheme was the impact on groundwater flows and urged that the applciation was refused. She told the AJ: ”There have been a number of similar cases involving flood dangers in my Highgate ward and my concern is that this development will be another one of them.

‘That is why I’m calling for a full report.’

The seven bedroom property was home to Coleridge from 1823 until his death in 1834.

During his time there it became a regular haunt for the leading literary figures of the age including William Wordsworth, Charles Lamb, Robert Southey and William Hazlitt.

It was later bought by the novelist and playwright JB Priestley.

Read the full planning application here.


Readers' comments (2)

  • That may well be the worst set of planning drawings I've ever seen. Were they drawn on an etch-a-sketch?

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  • John Kellett

    A good example to show why agents for planning applications should be appropriately qualified (RIBA, CIAT etc) or at least drawings prepared by.
    Grade II* listed and no reference to a conservation architect either.

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