Fifty shades of candy stripes – a colourful planning dispute hits Kensington

Posted 28 May 2015 by Tilly Rubens

An owner in Devon on last week’s Damned Designs: Don’t demolish my home TV show was up in arms when told by the local planning officer she had to re-paint her 16th-century cottage as it had been painted the “wrong” shade of pink.

However this is nothing compared to the paint-in-a-tin storm brewing in Kensington, West London over a multi-millionaire pensioner who has painted her £1.5m townhouse in red and white stripes.

Zipporah Lisa-Mainwaring, 71, is reported to have originally planned to demolish the three-storey terrace house and replace it with a larger house with a basement. However she took the controversial move to paint the property in bold candy stripes after a neighbour launched a legal challenge to prevent her.

”It is my house. I am entitled to do what I want with it, and there are a lot of people who agree with me,” she told the Evening Standard. However neighbours and the local authority do not appear to agree with local residents reported to be united in their opposition to the new gaudy paint scheme.

The local authority, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, has slapped an enforcement notice on the property, under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, ordering her to restore her house to its original white colour.

“The property is situated within the Kensington Square Conservation Area and its condition and appearance has attracted numerous complaints in the council’s planning enforcement team,” a spokesman for the royal borough told the Press Association. He added that Ms Lisa-Mainwaring had until 5 June 2015 to appeal the notice but, if she failed to do so, she must repaint the front of the building white and carry out essential repairs to the windows by 3 July 2015.

An owner does not usually require planning permission to paint their home unless it is listed. However a local authority can serve an enforcement notice on a house owner if deemed necessary to clean up land or a building whose condition is adversely affecting the amenity of the area.

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