Strictly Come Dancing star Bill Bailey is launching a planning battle to convert flats into £2million home

EXCLUSIVE: Strictly Come Dancing champion Bill Bailey launches new plan to convert flats into £2million house with swimming pool in west London

  • Bill Bailey has launched a planning battle to convert two flats into a £2million home
  • He submitted the extravagant plans to Hammersmith and Fulham Council
  • The Strictly star’s plans were approved in 2018 but put on hold due to Covid
  • Three neighbors protested against the original plans because of noise pollution

Strictly Come Dancing winner Bill Bailey has launched a new planning battle to convert two flats into a £2million home and plunge into a swimming pool.

The comedian, musician and actor wants the development to go alongside his existing ground floor flat in a designated conservation area in west London, despite opposition from some neighbours.

Bailey, 57, plans to build a single two-bedroom apartment by installing internal stairs to combine separate one-bedroom apartments on the ground floor and first floor of a Victorian house.

He wants to add an extension on the ground floor to form an “extended living-dining area” with white plaster walls, which council documents say matches a modern extension on his ground-floor property next door.

Bill Bailey, 57, and his dance partner Oti Mabuse (pictured) were crowned the 2020 Strictly Come Dancing winners

Bill Bailey, 57, and his dance partner Oti Mabuse (pictured) were crowned the 2020 Strictly Come Dancing winners

The plans also include excavating the rear garden to create a 6m x 3m pool with a “movable, raise and lower deck” to match a surrounding limestone terrace.

Bailey, who has appeared as a regular panelist on TV shows such as Have I Got News For You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI, also wants to build an underground pool filtration room accessed via a landscaped stepped patio.

A planning application for the project was submitted to Hammersmith and Fulham Council by him and his 24-year-old wife Kristin, a former costume designer who manages his business affairs.

The proposed ground floor plan for Bailey's £2million extension. The plans have been submitted to Hammersmith and Fulham Council and are awaiting approval

The proposed ground floor plan for Bailey’s £2million extension. The plans have been submitted to Hammersmith and Fulham Council and are awaiting approval

The couple originally received planning permission for their project in 2018 but were unable to proceed with construction work due to Covid restrictions, according to documents.

They have now had to reapply for a permit because the work was not completed within a three-year deadline set by the council.

The new application envisages reducing the originally planned 13 m swimming pool to 5 m.

Bailey, who won Strictly Come Dancing with dance partner Oti Mabuse, is waiting to hear if he will be granted planning permission again.

This image shows the ground floor rear extension of Bailey's home - adjacent to the proposed proposed development site

This image shows the ground floor rear extension of Bailey’s home – adjacent to the proposed proposed development site

Three neighbors, including two from the same household, had objected to the original plans, citing concerns about “increased noise pollution and disruption from the construction process”.

Local residents also expressed concern about an “increase in noise and light pollution from use of the annexe and pool” and suggested it was “over-development of the site”.

Other objections to “a number of other structures present at the application site and animals currently housed at the site” were deemed “outside the scope of this planning application” by the Council.

Proposed works in the new application include the installation of a glass roof over a covered walkway between Bailey’s existing ground floor apartment and the development site next door.

The view of the garden next door that Bailey wants to develop. The comedian plans to build a single two-bedroom apartment by installing internal stairs to combine separate one-bedroom apartments on the ground floor and first floor of a Victorian house

The view of the garden next door that Bailey wants to develop. The comedian plans to build a single two-bedroom apartment by installing internal stairs to combine separate one-bedroom apartments on the ground floor and first floor of a Victorian home

Access through a doorway made from restored antique doors is said to have a ‘controlled’ microclimate and utilize ‘enhanced reflective light’.

The original design statement from Bailey’s planning agent states: “The remodeled apartment is intended to include a single-story rear annex on the ground floor to provide an extended living space that provides a strong visual and physical relationship with the landscaped garden.

“Key components include floor-to-ceiling double glazed glazing and white plastered walls to create a visually harmonious counterpart [next door].’

Planning Officer Alexander Green prepared a report recommending approval of the original plans in 2018

He said at the time: “It is understood that the proposal would not have an unacceptable impact on the amenities of residents of neighboring residential properties and would have an acceptable appearance.

“The character and appearance of the meritorious buildings, terrace and wider conservation area would be preserved.”

Other famous residents who live nearby include MP Michael Gove, Top Gear host James May, comedian Miranda Hart and actor Nicholas Lyndhurst.

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