Basement beneath Boris Johnson’s childhood home approved
Controversial plans for a million pound basement beneath the garden of Boris Johnson’s childhood home in Primrose Hill have been approved, despite opposition.
The scheme includes plans to install a private cinema and gym beneath the pink Victorian villa in Regent’s Park Road.
Broadcaster Mathew Wright and Mr Johnson’s father Stanley were among those who backed calls to block the scheme, previously rejected by Camden Council after residents raised fears it could cause structural damage to neighbouring properties.
But the government planning inspectorate David Cullingford dismissed these concerns and granted permission.
Linda Seward, an author who lives next door, said: “This is absolute madness and shows how the wishes of the local people are being sacrificed for the sake of greedy developers.
You may also want to watch:
“The local residents have tried their best to stop this from happening. I am now very fearful for the sanity of the people living adjacent to the site.”
In a statement explaining his decision, Mr Cullingford said: “It is suggested that the alterations intended would be minor, so that the character and appearance of the host building would be maintained, the conservation area preserved and the amenity of neighbours protected.”
- 1 Camden's Levertons to arrange the funeral of Prince Philip on April 17
- 2 Royal Free ITU nurse who swapped the Caribbean for a Covid ward
- 3 Primrose Hill to close at night this weekend after antisocial behaviour
- 4 The questions council 'must answer' after spending £23m on £10m office
- 5 Arteta: Arsenal have 'responsibility' to qualify for Europe
- 6 Hampstead, Highgate and Primrose Hill beer gardens reopening on April 12
- 7 Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Wait for second verdict could last 'until Easter'
- 8 Calls for law change after Highgate School sexual abuse allegations
- 9 How a 'terrifying' Hampstead spree of robberies was brought to an end
- 10 Hampstead to trial unobtrusive electric vehicle charging points