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JK Rowling in the doghouse over kennels

JK Rowling is in the doghouse with her neighbours over plans to build kennels as part of a security complex.

The Harry Potter author is in the process of refurbishing a period house in the suburbs of Edinburgh which she bought at the end of last year.

She has been granted permission to create a new three-bedroom building in the grounds as well as kennels to be situated outside the main house.

A nearby resident lodged an objection against the kennels on the grounds of excessive noise but was overruled by planning chiefs who fast-tracked the application.

One of her new neighbours, who asked not to be named, said: "The application has been kept pretty hush-hush. Very few people in the area seem to know anything about it.

"The whole property is shielded by large hedges so you can't really see where this new property would be but, seemingly, it will partly accommodate security guards and guard dogs."

Rowling, who bought the property in the west of the city for around £2m (€2.4m), is thought to have been attracted by the house's secluded surroundings.

The plans never came before councillors, and were instead approved by officials under "delegated powers".

Council officials insisted that it is normal practice to use delegated powers to handle "straightforward small-scale" planning applications.

Work on the new building, which will replace a garage block, is expected to begin within months, once an archaeological survey of the site has been carried out.

Rowling's architects, Patience and Highmore, told the council that the new property would be effectively screened and separated from the main garden by trees and hedges.

The council's report on the plans for the property acknowledges that an objection had been lodged about the kennels but stated: "Potential noise from barking dogs is not an issue that can be controlled under planning legislation."

Rowling, who has three children, will move to the new house from their former home in the Merchiston area of Edinburgh.

Neighbours there protested eight years ago when the author submitted plans to raise the height of the boundary walls and install security cameras.

Rowling, who also has a country estate on the banks of the Tay and a house in Kensington, London, with 24-hour security, is notoriously careful about her privacy.

She was a struggling single mother when she moved to Edinburgh in 1993 and first lived in a tiny bedsit flat as she worked on her first Harry Potter novel.

She moved to a mansion in Merchiston following the international success of the Potter series.

After Rowling moved to south Edinburgh, it became known as "Writer's Row" as Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith lived nearby.

The Potter series has sold more than 400 million copies and the books and associated films have made the 44-year-old author one of the world's richest writers with a fortune estimated at around £550m (€662m).

© Telegraph.co.uk