New houses and a swimming pool could be built at the site of Charles de Gaulle’s former Hampstead home.

The ex-French president lived in Frognal House while exiled in London as the leader of the Free French forces during the Second World War.

Until 2021, when it went on the market for £15 million, the leader’s Grade II-listed mid-18th century home at 99 Frognal was used as a convent and student accommodation.

Now, the new owners of the house hope to use the building as their family home, and have proposed returning it to its original layout as well as replacing a 1970s extension.

Planning permission for the changes, which also includes building three new homes to the north of Frognal House, is being sought from Camden Council.

The additional homes will sit next to the original house’s new extension, underneath which will be a swimming pool and sauna.

A new two bedroom house would lie closest to the existing building, with two further one-bedroom homes in the current garage area.

Major work will be required to demolish the large existing two storey extension, which planning documents describe as “unsympathetic”, and replace it with a new one.

There are also plans to remove 20th century room sub-divisions in the main house and reinstate the historic mansard roof.

Extensive landscaping works in the rear garden of Frognal House would also take place.

Full details of the plans can be found on Camden Council’s planning portal under reference 2024/0030/P.

Comments on the application can be made until February 21.

Details can also be found on the public notice portal.

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