Take That star Robbie Williams and former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page have reportedly become the worst of neighbours. Perhaps surprisingly it is not hell-raising antics, drug use, or interest in the occult that has brought the musician neighbours into conflict. According to the Daily Mail, Williams and Page have fallen out over Robbie’s proposed home improvements.
According to ITV News, Williams and Page live next door to each other in an upmarket and exclusive area of West London. Williams has reportedly submitted plans to carry out modifications to his $25 million home, which was previously owned by Death Wish movie director Sir Michael Winner. Williams has submitted plans to modernize the house on three occasions, and on each occasion 71-year-old Page has objected to the plans.
According to Heat World, Jimmy is concerned that Robbie’s renovations will put his own home at risk. According to NME Page was delighted when Williams withdrew his planning application back in March after he had made objections to the plans. It seems that Williams was not to be deterred though. He has reportedly submitted scaled down plans to renovate his Grade 1 protected home. In the U.K., buildings deemed to be of significant historical or architectural interest are “listed” to afford them protection. As a result, obtaining permission to alter them is extremely difficult and tightly controlled.
Williams is reportedly aiming to modernize his property by lowering floors and changing the internal layout to create bigger rooms. Robbie’s application states his intention to create a “contemporary family living that will ensure the long term occupation and appropriate use of the place into the future.”
NME report that Page has objected to Robbie’s plans because he is concerned that the vibrations caused by the work on Williams property could cause damage to his own home, where he has lived since 1972. Page’s home is regarded as one of the borough’s most important properties and was once saved from demolition by Sir John Betjeman.
Page said “the work now proposed [by Williams] is much nearer than other major excavations carried out so far and the consequences for the building fabric and decorative finished may well be catastrophic if this project is allowed to proceed.”
Page is also concerned about the elevation of Williams’ proposed garage, which he believes is “extremely unfortunate in architectural terms.”
The conflict between Robbie Williams and Jimmy Page may not be the stuff of Rock ‘N’ Roll legend but it seems that this spat may have some way to run.
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