Anna Karenina and Alfie actor Jude Law to renovate multi-million pound Highgate home

It seems the charm of heartthrob actor Jude Law knows no bounds.

Despite the furore surrounding a host of celebrities’ attempts to expand and renovate their multi-million pound homes, the actor’s application to renovate his Grade II listed Highgate property has been passed by planners without a single objection.

Camden Council has given the star the all-clear to renovate his Georgian house, which was reportedly bought for �8million in 2010.

The application – submitted under Mr Law’s real Christian name, David – and approved on August 13, included plans for new staircases and windows, and to make the house damp-proof.

Mr Law had already been given permission to extend an existing basement last year.


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The relatively new community group Transition Highgate will also be pleased to note that Mr Law is adopting a more eco-friendly way of living, opting for solar panels on the rear roof slope.

Michael Hammerson, of the Highgate Society, told Heathman: “I am surprised that he has only just got his permission as the application went in about a year ago.

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“There was a big scare that he was building a huge basement but we saw the proposals and didn’t have a problem with them as it was only a small and quite sensible extension.

“We met him, he seemed like a really nice guy. He showed us what he was proposing and our only comments were on the design of the replacement windows for the rear of the house.”

The 39-year-old is starring opposite Keira Knightley in a film adaptation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, which will be released on Friday.

Councillor Valerie Leach, cabinet member for regeneration and growth, said: “The main planning application for Jude Law’s extension to his existing basement was approved back in June last year.

“The application was submitted with a Basement Impact Assessment which concluded that the extension to the basement would not cause harm to the built and natural environment, including the local water environment and ground conditions.

“A number of conditions were attached to the original planning consent, principally in relation to ensuring a satisfactory design and external appearance to the listed building. An application to discharge the design/heritage based planning conditions was approved in August this year via delegated powers.”

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