Robbie Williams wins bid for underground swimming pool after Jimmy Page feud

Robbie Williams wins bid for underground swimming pool after Jimmy Page feud

Robbie Williams’ plans for an underground swimming pool at his London home have been conditionally approved – despite objections from his Led
Zeppelin guitarist neighbour Jimmy Page.

The decision could put an end to the five-year battle between the celebrity musicians over proposals for Williams’s home in Kensington, west London.

Page, 74, did not have a Whole Lotta Love for the plans, as he feared vibrations and ground movements could damage his home.

Kensington and Chelsea borough council’s planning committee agreed the plans at a meeting on Tuesday evening.

Planning permission for the ex-Take That singer’s underground gym and swimming pool linked to his Grade II listed home, Woodland House, was approved with conditions at a committee meeting at Kensington Town Hall on Tuesday.

Page had voiced concerns that construction work could damage his Grade I listed gothic revival mansion, Tower House.

The guitar legend’s home boasts an ornately decorated interior of stained glass, as well decorative plasterwork and ceramic tiling, which he feared could be wrecked.

However, work cannot commence until councillors receive assurances about independent monitoring of vibration levels and ground movement as well as the consideration of extra conditions, such as the possibility of workers using only hand tools.

They will also discuss whether to ask Williams for a bond, which could be forfeited if the conditions were breached or if any damage occurs.

Committee chairman councillor Quentin Marshall suggested the celebrities should meet and try and put their differences aside.

After the meeting, a spokesman for Page, who bought the turreted redbrick property in 1972, said the rock legend is happy to meet pop star Williams.

"From Jimmy’s point of view he will be reassured that the committee of councillors are taking the protection of the house seriously," he said.

He added: "He wants Robbie to come back with proposals that eliminate all risk to the Tower House."

The Stairway To Heaven guitarist said vibrations and ground movement in particular could cause irreversible damage, with the homes around 13 metres apart.

Representatives for Williams previously said any construction work would fall within stringent regulations and any effects on surrounding properties would be "negligible".

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