Robbie Williams and Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page in new row at million-pound mansions as they go to war over a TREE
ROBBIE Williams and Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page are embroiled in a new row at their million-pound mansions as they got to war over a TREE.
The two rock superstars are set to battle it out in the coming months as the former Take That singer starts work on his “super-basement”, which includes an indoor swimming pool, gym and passageway to the main house.
But the pair put their differences aside temporarily this week, when Robbie put in a planning application to chop down a historic 70ft Robinia tree to one metre.
It sits on the border of the two properties in west London, and is under a strict tree preservation order.
The Led Zeppelin guitarist agreed with Robbie’s application to the council, which stated that “extensive cracking has appeared in boundary wall – indicating there has been some movement of the tree.
Some decay is visible at the base of the tree. Tree is now leaning on adjacent street light.”
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Jimmy accepted the tree was too dangerous to stay and should have been removed long before now.
But the council refused the application stating in a decision notice on 5 April that if there is “decay at the base of the tree, this extent of decay needs to be quantified before the removal of this high amenity TPO'd tree can be considered” and “if the tree is causing the wall to crack, this problem will not be rectified by pollarding the tree to a height of 1 metre, as the tree will regenerate.”
Now Jimmy has come back with his own planning application to partially cut another historic bay tree under a TPO, which is next to the one that Robbie wanted to chop down.
He wants to reshape the tree, which is on the right-hand side of his Grade I-listed property, close to the boundary with Robbie’s Grade-II listed home.
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This is a welcome pause in the rows between the pair, as Robbie is set to start work on his mega-basement with the singer’s construction team sending out a letter to local residents saying that the grand renovations on his £17.5 million home are due to begin in “Spring 2022”.
This heaps yet more misery on Jimmy, who has constantly complained about the works, and a traffic management plan reveals that there will be up to two lorries an hour passing his house to deliver materials and collecting rubbish.
This will particularly irk sensitive Jimmy who fought that even the tiniest of vibrations could ruin his old property, Tower House, which was built in 1781 by architect William Bruge, and is considered one of most important houses in London.
He was victorious in one battle, which meant the singer’s builders could only use hand-held tools to excavate the basement, meaning it would take years at great expense.
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Jimmy has repeatedly complained about his neighbour’s planning applications for trying to add mod-cons such as a summer terrace and music studio.
The musician got his own back on Williams by having roof work done on his property in September 2016 and using a firm with the same name as one of Williams’s biggest hits, Millennium.
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