George and Amal Clooney face privacy concerns at £ 12million house in Berkshire – .

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George and Amal Clooney face privacy concerns at £ 12million house in Berkshire – .


George and Amal Clooney could soon face privacy concerns at their £ 12million mansion in Berkshire as a nearby theater has asked to convert the space into accommodation.

If successful, The Mill at Sonning, which is located next to the Clooneys Grade II listed home, will be transformed into semi-detached homes that would oversee the couple’s sprawling property.

The news will undoubtedly come as a shock to the couple, who helped keep the theater company afloat during the pandemic with a substantial donation last October.

Exclusive: George and Amal Clooney face privacy concerns at a £ 12million house in Berkshire after the theater (which they helped avoid closure) plans to convert to homes overlooking their garden

Generous: The news will no doubt come as a shock to George and Amal, who helped keep the theater company afloat during the pandemic with a substantial donation last October

Despite the contribution of the celebrity couple, the performance hall is still in difficulty and has recently applied for a building permit to convert its rehearsal and guest actor accommodation into two semi-detached residential dwellings, “in particular to provide additional financial support to the theater in order to secure its future. ‘

According to the planning statement, “the pandemic caused the theater to close in March 2020 – the business is in dire straits and is on the verge of shutting down completely.”

However, the new scheduling app may not be as enjoyable for George, 61, and Amal, 43, who have always been fully supportive of the theater.

The two-story properties will each include three bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and living room, and a top-floor balcony. Still, the balconies will look out over the river and, more importantly, the Clooneys property.

Back on their feet: The Hollywood A-lister, 59, and lawyer, 42, donated to The Mill at Sonning Theater (pictured) last year to help keep the struggling business afloat

Back on their feet: The Hollywood A-lister, 59, and lawyer, 42, donated to The Mill at Sonning Theater (pictured) last year to help keep the struggling business afloat

The theater planning app acknowledged this to be a potential issue, stating in its design and access statement:

“It should be noted that although there will be views of the river, there is already a relatively tall and dense screen of trees on the opposite bank, bordering Mill House, and as such we do not anticipate that there will be a negative impact on the privacy or visual enjoyment experienced by Mill House owners as a result of these proposals. ‘

However, during the cooler months this filtering of bushy trees is usually more threadbare.

Proposals: Despite the contribution of the celebrity couple, the performance hall has applied for a planning permit to transform into two semi-detached residential dwellings

Proposals: Despite the contribution of the celebrity couple, the performance hall has applied for a planning permit to transform into two semi-detached residential dwellings

Plans: The proposed two-story properties will each have three bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and living room, and a balcony on the top floor

Plans: The proposed two-story properties will each include three bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and living room, and a top-floor balcony

A notification letter was sent to the couple’s residence by South Oxfordshire District Council, but they did not file a complaint.

The Theaters Trust is unhappy with parts of the plans, concerned about noise levels coming from the theater and declining future revenues due to the lack of rehearsal space.

He said: “The applicant notes that the acoustic measurements will exceed the ‘standard requirements’ and we suggest that this is conditioned to safeguard the theater’s activities in the future and protect it from complaints and restrictions imposed on it.

“While sympathetic to the need for the theater to reconsider its options to ensure that it is sustained in the future, especially given the extreme challenges arising from the pandemic, it must be careful not to undermine its future viability. .

“The rehearsal space is part of the cultural and social offer of the theater and that will be lost; it is also potentially a source of income for the theater if it is open to outside groups.

History: The late Tim and Eileen Richards found The Mill - which was an abandoned building - in 1977, and opened the theater in 1982

History: The late Tim and Eileen Richards found The Mill – which was an abandoned building – in 1977 and opened the theater in 1982

The plans also angered the Environment Agency, which opposed three counts of the lack of a “nature conservation risk assessment”, to an “inadequate buffer zone” in the country. riverside and “lack of an acceptable flood risk assessment”. .

Amal and George’s property was hit by flooding in February this year and January 2020, which left their land inundated with muddy water.

In response, the theater changed its plans for the properties to be located further from the river and produced an ecological report. There has also been an application for a bat license from Natural England and the proposals now include staging areas for bats.

The council set June 2 for a decision date, which is now two months overdue.

Background: The Mill is now run by Tim and Eileen's daughter, Artistic Director Sally Hughes, who has received assistance from the Clooney in the past

Background: The Mill is now run by Tim and Eileen’s daughter, Artistic Director Sally Hughes, who has received assistance from the Clooney in the past

The late Tim and Eileen Richards found The Mill – which was an abandoned building – in 1977 and opened the theater in 1982.

It is now run by their daughter, Artistic Director Sally Hughes, who has received assistance from the Clooney in the past.

In 2018, Sally got approval for a five-property development after the celebrity couple raised no objections.

She invited the couple to watch shows and allowed them to use her parking lot for the many contractors who were renovating their nine-bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion, which they bought in 2014 and moved in three years later.

The owner of the theater built the apartments to help pay a £ 1million bill caused by the theater woodworm – an 18th century flour mill converted on a small island in the Thames.

In October, The Mill announced on Facebook, special praise for the Clooney and playwright Ray Cooney, whose comedies are often performed there.

He said: “Since July, when the theater celebrated its 38th anniversary, The Mill has been unable to operate its adjoining restaurant with reduced seating, but this with fundraising and donations from Mill Angel supporters and supporters. Hollywood star George Clooney and his wife Amal, who are close neighbors and regulars, have been a lifeline in ensuring the survival of the place. ‘

“Artistic Director Sally Hughes praises playwright Ray Cooney, whose legendary pranks are regularly performed in the venue. ”

History: The late Tim and Eileen Richards found The Mill - which was an abandoned building - in 1977 and opened the theater in 1982

History: The late Tim and Eileen Richards found The Mill – which was an abandoned building – in 1977 and opened the theater in 1982

Last year, it was reported that George and Amal, who share twins Ella and Alexander, four, were building a shed for “security purposes” within the grounds of their sprawling listed mansion.

In a planning request to the local council, their new addition – along with what appears to be a washroom – is described as a simple one-story timber construction with a sloping roof covered in cedar shingles.

The duo’s home, which stands on an idyllic stretch of the Thames, is secluded by trees on acres of land – but it seems they want to beef up security as the famous home attracts more tourists.

It will be built in the style of a garden shed near the gravel driveway of the Georgian property.

Security: Last year it was reported that George and Amal, who share twins Ella and Alexander, were building a shed for 'security purposes' within the grounds of their home (pictured in 2019)

Security: Last year it was reported that George and Amal, who share twins Ella and Alexander, were building a shed for ‘security purposes’ within the grounds of their home (pictured in 2019)

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