Holly Willoughby loses fight to extend £3m home after neighbour complaints

Holly Willoughby has lost her battle, for the 14th time, to extend her family's £3million London home after complaints from her neighbours.

The 40-year-old This Morning presenter wanted to extend her £3m six-bedroom family home, where she, her husband and their three children reside.

This was Holly's 14th planning application, but it has yet again been thrown out.

Holly and her husband Dan Baldwin wanted to add a first-floor side and rear extension to their Edwardian London house.

Holly and Dan have three children – Harry who is 12, Belle who is 10, and Chester who is six.

The family originally wanted to build a two-storey extension but the plans were thrown out five years ago.

The couple have put in 14 different planning applications since buying the place for £2.8million in 2011, all of which were refused.

The Sun have reported that many local residents submitted letters of objection to the council, complaining that the building work would cause disruption to their daily lives.

Holly and Dan filed an appeal but it was dismissed by a planning inspector, and then submitted scaled-down plans for a one-storey extension in April.

The grounds for refusal relate to fire safety and "design and heritage" reasons, as well as many of their neighbours objectifying to the noise that would be involved should an extension be given the go-ahead.

The Sun reported published quotes from the letters of objection, with one of Holly's neighbours saying: "Due to Covid, I am now permanently working from home and the noise and disruption this will cause is enormous.

"My work space is right by the project and having the noise all day and all week for so many months is not the standard of living in such an expensive area to live.

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"I don't pay taxes to get this level of disruption, it is not quality of life."

Another wrote: "It would cause significant difficulties in terms of access and parking as well as disturbance during the day.

"I regularly work from home and so the works would have an even greater effect on my life."

A planning officer ruled: "The proposal by reason of its combined height, siting, width and depth contributes to an excessive scale and level of massing which would be an inappropriate and unsympathetic form of development harmful to the character and appearance of the host building, causing less than substantial harm to the character and appearance of the conservation area.

"The benefits put forward are not considered to outweigh the identified harm."

Holly and Dan now have three months to appeal against the council's decision, but with 14 refusals, it seems the odds may be stacked against them.

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