One of Britain’s most expensive streets has been turned into a construction site with seven properties under construction.
Multi-million pound properties on Ilchester Place, located in the celebrity enclave of Holland Park, west London, are covered in scaffolding, and some have been almost completely demolished for renovations.
The street, dubbed ‘Millionaires Row’ was crowned the UK’s most expensive road in 2019, according to Lloyds Bank, before being usurped by Avenue Road in the north-west of the capital last year.
The properties have already been listed for £ 35million in the past, with the average house price of £ 17.4million more than 70 times the UK average.
The work on several of the mega mansions by the wealthy owners has sparked anger among local residents, including Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, whose historic Grade I listed house backs onto the street.
After battling a seven-year planning argument with next-door neighbor Robbie Williams, after arguing that the vibes of Williams’ ‘super basement’ would destroy his’ richly decorated ‘home, the musician is now surrounded by construction. – and he wrote two complaints to the Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council.
One of the properties under development is that of ‘Candy Crush inventor’ Riccardo Zacconi, who purchased a nine-bedroom, nine-bathroom detached house for £ 30million in April 2019.
Britain’s most expensive street has been turned into a giant construction site, much to the chagrin of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page
The owners of No.16 have plans for a one-story basement under the house and garden, which backs onto the Page property named Tower House, dating from 1875
One of the properties has been demolished, keeping only the outer shell and has a building permit for a basement with various other extensions
N ° 9, on the left, and n ° 10, on the right, are in the middle of the two largest projects of the chic street, having completely razed the properties, keeping only the facade
Ilchester Place is located in the celebrity enclave of Holland Park, west London, and is nicknamed ‘Millionaires Row’, which was crowned the UK’s most expensive road in 2019, according to Lloyds Bank
Jimmy Page’s next door neighbor is Robbie Williams and there are a number of other wealthy landlords down the street. Each numbered property in this graphic is currently under construction.
Despite the high price tag, Zacconi, co-founder of King, who developed the addicting cell phone game, demolished the property, keeping only the outer shell, and has a building permit for a basement along with various other expansions. .
Elsewhere in the street, French producer and presenter of “Shock Jock” Arthur Essebag – of which the Satisfaction Group company recently acquired Sony Pictures France – owns a property and has just completed a basement extension.
Meanwhile, the owners of No.16 have plans for a one-story basement under the house and garden, which backs onto his property named Tower House, dating from 1875.
It was approved in June this year despite two letters of opposition – ten pages and six pages long – from Page, who says he was never consulted at any stage of No.16’s development and complains about “plans inadequate, removal of cuttings, assessment of noise, vibration, dust and movement ”.
Both No.9 and No.10 are in the middle of the two biggest chic street projects having completely razed the properties, keeping only the facade.
According to the planning application, # 9 is a ‘reconstruction to include extensions to the ground and first floor levels and skylights, a one-story basement extension with skylights front and rear, [and] reorientation of the pool. It’s a similar story for # 10.
After a seven-year planning row with next-door neighbor Robbie Williams, right, the musician, left, is now surrounded by construction – and he’s made it clear he’s not happy about it with two long complaints written.
The street is home to 24 exclusive properties, worth a combined £ 1billion, where there are seven demolition and renovation projects
Jimmy Page’s Tower House, left, and Robbie Williams’ house, hidden by trees on Ilchester Place in West London
The Led Zeppelin guitarist had some roofing work done on his property in September 2016 and brought in a company of the same name as one of Williams’ biggest hits, Millennium
Meanwhile, at # 7, developments are just beginning with the intention of an ‘front and rear basement extension’, a first floor extension and a new veranda.
Finally, No.17 was granted a building permit in July of last year for the “replacement of a rear veranda to improve thermal and acoustic properties”.
Away from the Ilchester Place building drama, Page and the former Take That frontman have been at odds since Williams bought the adjacent Grade II listed house for £ 17.5million in 2013.
In 2018, Williams finally got the go-ahead to create a “super basement,” which includes an indoor pool, gym, and an underpass leading to the main house.
Page had argued that the vibrations would destroy his “richly decorated” home, with fragile old paintings and frescoes.
He repeatedly complained about his neighbor’s planning requests for trying to add modern amenities such as a summer terrace and a music studio.
Page’s historic Grade I listed house, considered one of London’s most important houses, faces the street and he is furious at all the construction work
‘Candy Crush inventor’ Riccardo Zacconi, left, and ‘Shock Jock’ producer and presenter Arthur Essebag, right, also own properties on the exclusive series
Away from the Ilchester Place building drama, Page and the former Take That singer have been at odds since Williams bought the adjacent Grade II listed house, pictured behind trees, for £ 17.5million in 2013
In 2018, Williams finally got the go-ahead to move forward with a “great basement,” which includes an indoor pool, gym, and an underpass leading to the main house.
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The couple were involved in a seven-year dispute over Williams’ plans for an underground gymnasium and swimming pool at his home in Kensington, west London.
Page has raised concerns that construction work by Williams could damage his Grade I listed Gothic Revival mansion, Tower House, and its interior richly decorated with stained glass, decorative plaster and ceramic tiling.
The Stairway To Heaven guitarist said vibrations and ground movement in particular could cause irreversible damage, with the houses being spaced approximately 13 meters apart.
In January 2019, Robbie allegedly made fun of Jimmy by dressing up as teammate Robert Plant and playing rival rock music outside his neighbor’s house, according to reports.
The feud finally ended in September that year when council officials intervened after eight months of negotiations.
Council planners approved the project but insisted the two meet to ensure the work was done to both parties’ satisfaction.
The council also attached a condition that Williams should set aside a pot of money as surety, to be forfeited to repair any damage to Page’s property.