A woman who painted her £15m Kensington townhouse in red and white stripes has been reordered to repaint it white by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Planning authorities because it is in a conservation area.
The woman believed to be Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring had chosen the unusual colour scheme described by neighbours as ‘horrendous’ after she lost out in a protracted planning dispute with the council. She has been given until 5 June to lodge an appeal or 3 July to restore the house to its original white colour.
A council official said: “A section 215 notice has been served, under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, on the owner of a property in South End by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
“The property is situated within the Kensington Square conservation area and its condition and appearance has attracted numerous complaints to the council’s planning enforcement team. In addition to the exterior being painted in red and white stripes, the property’s window frames are in a poor condition.”
The house has since become a mecca for selfie hunters with hundreds of images posted on social media.