A woman who painted red and white lines over her Kensington townhouse valued at £15m has taken legal action against a planning decision that forbade her demolishing the property and adding a double basement.
Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring, 71, was also ordered to restore the house to its former state by 3 July. She has however taken the matter to court seeking the overturning of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council’s original decision which restricts new basement developments to one storey.
A council spokesman gave the reason behind its verdict: “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.
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“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 peculiar house stands out in a row of smart properties and has generated national and worldwide media coverage. Neighbours have branded the building an eye-sore and think it’s the property owner’s way of settling old scores. The court case is expected to last three days but a source familiar with such disputes anticipates a legal merry-go-round that will run and run.