House stripes must go, says council
A homeowner who had her multimillion-pound house painted in red and white candy stripes, infuriating her neighbours, has been ordered to cover up the eye-catching paint job.
The townhouse underwent its revamp after neighbours objected to plans to demolish the building and replace it with a new house and two-storey basement.
Locals told how they returned home to find painters and decorators up ladders giving the home a stick-of-rock makeover.
Residents in the quiet residential cul-de-sac in Kensington, west London, branded the redesign "garish" and "hideous" and complained to the council.
The painting of the house is not strictly against planning laws, but Kensington and Chelsea Council said it has served the owner with a section 215 notice ordering her to get rid of the controversial stripes.
She must repaint the house by July 3 or lodge an appeal by June 5.
If she fails to comply the council can step in and carry out the work itself.
A council spokesman said: "A section 215 notice has been served, under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, on the owner of a property in South End by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
"The property is situated within the Kensington Square Conservation Area and its condition and appearance has attracted numerous complaints to the council's planning enforcement team.
"In addition to the exterior being painted in red and white stripes, the property's window frames are in a poor condition.
"The owner has the right to appeal the notice by 5 June 2015 in the magistrates' courts but, if no appeal is forthcoming, the owner must repaint the front elevation white and carry out repairs to the windows by 3 July 2015.
"If the notice is not complied with by 3 July 2015 then the council can enter the property and carry out the necessary works."
Saskia Moyle, 18, who lives across the road with her father, said she was shocked to come home one night to discover men painting the house.
Speaking earlier this month she said: "I went out for dinner one evening about a month ago and when I came back there were people on ladders painting it.
"They didn't finish one of the stripes because as soon as I arrived they got off the ladders and left.
"I don't think it belongs here. It kind of glows in the evening. It's fluorescent. And the half finished stripe is driving me mad. It drives me insane."
She added: "It's very fluorescent and very garish. Without sounding very pretentious it isn't very Kensington. It's more Camden or something like that."