Robbie Williams wins pool planning feud over Jimmy Page. Robbie Williams’ plans for an underground swimming pool has been conditionally approved – despite opposition from Led Zeppelin guitarist and neighbour Jimmy Page.
The pair have been engaged in a dispute over Williams’ planned pool since the singer bought the £17m property five years ago.
Page expressed fears that construction work may damaged his Grade I-listed mansion, an ornately decorated Tower House, which was built in 1781 and its interior of stained glass, decorative plasterwork and ceramic tiling.
However, Kensington Town Hall have approved Williams’ plans with conditions.
Work cannot commence until the council have received assurances about independant monitoring of vibrations and ground movement and could ask Williams for a bond to be forfeited if conditions are breached or damages occur.
Councillor Quentin Marshall, chair of the Kensington and Chelsea planning committee, has likened the feud to Brexit negotiations, saying: “It’s been six months and [the] meeting yesterday feels like another debate that’s been going on in Westminster.”
He advised that Williams and Page meet to discuss the issue: “It seems they are not that far apart. It’s slightly frustrating. I know the two principles are very busy, but surely they can find a way to talk.”
The feud got nasty at times, with Williams accusing Page of spying on and recording construction workers.
In 2016, the former Take That singer claimed that Page had been sitting outside his house, “recording the workmen to see if they’re making too much noise.”
He said: “The builders came in and he was asleep in his garden waiting. It’s like a mental illness.” He later apologised for his comments.
A spokesperson for Page said he is happy to meet with Williams and invited him to “come back with proposals that eliminate all risk to the Tower House”.
Page told the Daily Mail: “I will keep defending until people take notice. The council has a duty to protect listed buildings like this.”