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Dispute Over Kensington “Beach Hut”

A bizarre property and planning dispute in London that has been ongoing for around four years looks set to continue, reports the Daily Mail.

The dispute is over a property in the exclusive area of Kensington that had been used as office space. It was bought for £4.7 million in 2012 by property developer Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring. She intended to turn it into residential property with a double basement containing a swimming pool, but was refused planning permission amid strong objections from neighbours.

In retaliation Ms Lisle-Mainwaring, who lives in Switzerland, painted the outside of the property with red and white stripes, which led to even more objections from her neighbours, who described the building as resembling a beach hut.

She was ordered by the local authority to repaint the property, but went to court to challenge this decision. However, this attempt proved unsuccessful, as the judge ruled that the colours ‘brought harm to the amenity of the area,' and gave Ms Lisle-Mainwaring 28 days to repaint - a decision that Ms Lisle-Mainwaring again appealed.

Ms Lisle-Mainwaring eventually managed to obtain planning permission to convert her property into a four-bedroom residence, without the double basement, and has begun work to knock it down. However, she cannot complete this work until she receives the agreement of the neighbours whose homes adjoin her property, reports the Daily Mail. She also intends to seek planning permission for a single basement, instead of the double basement that was originally rejected.

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