Jamie Theakston's Garden Scheme Rejected by Planning inspector

Seeking to build gym and home office at Barrowgate Road home

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Significant enhancements have already been made to the property. Picture: Right Move


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An appeal by TV personality Jamie Theakston against Hounslow Council’s refusal to permit a scheme to build a new outbuilding in his garden has failed.

He was hoping to use the new building on Barrowgate Road as a gym, yoga studio and home office and appealed after the application was declined towards the end of last year.

The one storey building design includes a Cross Fit gym with a weights area and plyometric jump boxes at the end of the 18-metre garden at the rear of the property. In addition, it has a bathroom, a kitchenette and an office. The plans included a wood-burning stove with an external flue.

The government planning inspector ruled against his application for the 40ft wide structure. Five neighbours had objected to the proposal which they said was too large and would represent an over-development of the area. They were also concerned that kitchen facilities in the outbuilding could result in it being made habitable.

The inspector agreed with residents’ complaints that the building would spoil views from their gardens and said it would be clearly visible from the road. The exterior would have featured Yukari Futto cladding with black steel French doors. It was remarked that the design of the building was inappropriate given the more traditional building materials used in what is a conservation area.

Design for outbuilding submitted with planning application Design for outbuilding submitted with planning application

The inspector’s judgement states, ‘The introduction of a large outbuilding into this space would reduce the overall sense of openness, eroding the gaps between the buildings on this corner.

‘Consequently, although it would be smaller than the existing dwelling and subservient to it in scale, it would harm the character of this part of the conservation area.’

The 51-year-old had previously caused annoyance for some of his neighbours by building a new house on the property in 2018.

Jamie Theakston with his Heart FM co-presenter Amanda Holden
Jamie Theakston with his Heart FM co-presenter Amanda Holden. Picture: Global 2022

Mr Theakston has now submitted a revised application which is similar in size and shape but now uses wood cladding although the inspector had noted his willingness to change the materials used and said that this would not compensate for the size and scale of the building.

The five-bedroom house, where he lives with his wife Sophie Siegle and their children, was purchased for £3.8 million in 2010 and the couple have since made substantial enhancements.

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July 17, 2022


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