Plans for a mega-basement below the London home of pop star Robbie Williams have been withdrawn, in the latest twist in the planning battle with his rock legend neighbour Jimmy Page
Page had previously objected (see document) to the plans by architects Harper Downie and obtained evidence from historic building consultants Andrew Townsend Architects to support his claim.
The Led Zeppelin guitarist argued the proposed works to Williams’ property could have irreparably damaged his own Holland Park home, the grade I- listed Tower House, built by William Burges in the 1870s.
Page claimed the interior of his house was ‘architecturally and historically one of the most important buildings in the borough’ and that ‘the consequences for the building fabric and decorative finishes of the Tower House may well be catastrophic if this project [was] allowed to proceed’.
Supporting Page’s concerns, Andrew Townsend Architects said that the interior of the house was a ‘magnificent tour-de-force and is strikingly complete’ but added that ‘excessive vibration from building works to the adjoining property could have disastrous effects on these decorative finishes’.
Structural engineers Clive Hudson Associates also said that the ‘unparalleled interiors are of national significance and, we believe, are at serious risk if the applicant’s proposals (as they currently stand) are accepted’.
The Royal Borough of Kensington confirmed that the current plans for the construction of a basement under rear garden with integrated landscape design and reconstruction of rear ground floor balcony have now been withdrawn.