The UK’s top judge has teamed up with his neighbours to battle plans for a basement in his small London street.
Lord Neuberger, 69, who is president of the Supreme Court and oversaw the Brexit ruling last month, has come out against neighbour Malcolm Graham’s plan to build an extension beneath his Notting Hill home.
Mr Graham, who is former chief executive of online casino PKR, and his wife have applied to build ‘a new basement floor under the existing house, extending under the rear garden to form storage/ancillary space’.
Kensington and Chelsea Council planning officers have recommended the plans be approved at a committee meeting next week.
But so far it has received nine objections from neighbours in the 16-home private mews, including Lord and Lady Neuberger.
‘The mews is a coherent, but dense, development of 16 small, traditional-style modern town-houses constructed in a Conservation Area.
‘The access road is intensively used. It is a cul-de-sac with no footway and is very narrow, uneven and (unusually for a mews) tortuous It is hard to navigate safely, even when only a few residents' cars are parked on it.
‘Frequently there are many parked cars, and, as the houses have very little outdoor space, the access road is used as a children's play area.
Residents have also warned they could take legal action should the work go ahead.
The plans have been submitted by Cranbrook Basements, who said there would be ‘no measurable impact’ on the street scene or the environment.