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West London property, planning applications & neighbours

West London estate agents have been hearing murmurs on the smart streets of W11 regarding the actions of a very famous power couple. David and Victoria Beckham have submitted plans to ambitiously refurbish their detached residence in Holland Park. While it has been Victoria's reported desire for a room exclusively for her shoes that has grabbed the headlines, it is actually the couple's bid to add air conditioning to five rooms within the Grade II listed building that might just scupper their plans. A hot under the collar neighbour has sent the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea a strongly worded letter about the air conditioning's impact on the character of the building as well as its effect on his own property and those in the wider W11 neighbourhood. It got us thinking about planning applications and how they are best approached. Many properties for sale in West London are bought with alterations in mind - be it a total overhaul, internal remodelling, extending or the contentious issue of adding a basement. As West London estate agents, Winkworth is used to helping buyers who have ambitious plans in mind, and can advise of the process of planning applications and building regulations, especially for those moving to a listed building or buying a West London property for sale in a conservation area. As an overview, here are our top pieces of advice:- Top 6 tips for planning applications Buy a property for sale in West London where a professional architectural plan has already been submitted and approved by the local council. You may have to pay a premium for a property like this, and make sure any deadline hasn't passed before you proceed. Never assume anything, as 'subject to planning' application means just that. Just because neighbouring properties have been altered or extended, it doesn't mean the one you are purchasing will automatically qualify for changes. Make neighbours aware of your intentions as early in the thought process as possible, and involve them in the initial planning stages. Use an architect and builder who has a proven track record in the area you are buying, and make sure you ask for references or be guided by personal recommendations. Establish if the property location is in a Conservation Area as your plans may come under the scrutiny of a preservation or historical body operating in the local area. Be prepared to compromise. Your neighbours might object to your plans so have a flexible approach and sympathetic ear.

West London estate agents have been hearing murmurs on the smart streets of W11 regarding the actions of a very famous power couple. David and Victoria Beckham have submitted plans to ambitiously refurbish their detached residence in Holland Park. While it has been Victoria's reported desire for a room exclusively for her shoes that has grabbed the headlines, it is actually the couple's bid to add air conditioning to five rooms within the Grade II listed building that might just scupper their plans.

A hot under the collar neighbour has sent the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea a strongly worded letter about the air conditioning's impact on the character of the building as well as its effect on his own property and those in the wider W11 neighbourhood. It got us thinking about planning applications and how they are best approached.

Many properties for sale in West London are bought with alterations in mind - be it a total overhaul, internal remodelling, extending or the contentious issue of adding a basement. As West London estate agents, Winkworth is used to helping buyers who have ambitious plans in mind, and can advise of the process of planning applications and building regulations, especially for those moving to a listed building or buying a West London property for sale in a conservation area. As an overview, here are our top pieces of advice:-

Top 6 tips for planning applications



  1. Buy a property for sale in West London where a professional architectural plan has already been submitted and approved by the local council. You may have to pay a premium for a property like this, and make sure any deadline hasn't passed before you proceed.
  2. Never assume anything, as 'subject to planning' application means just that. Just because neighbouring properties have been altered or extended, it doesn't mean the one you are purchasing will automatically qualify for changes.
  3. Make neighbours aware of your intentions as early in the thought process as possible, and involve them in the initial planning stages.
  4. Use an architect and builder who has a proven track record in the area you are buying, and make sure you ask for references or be guided by personal recommendations.
  5. Establish if the property location is in a Conservation Area as your plans may come under the scrutiny of a preservation or historical body operating in the local area.
  6. Be prepared to compromise. Your neighbours might object to your plans so have a flexible approach and sympathetic ear.

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