Robbie Williams is involved in a dispute with his neighbors over a tree at his £17 million home in west London. The Take That frontman had applied to have a 70ft Robina tree removed, citing decay and damage to his garden wall. However, the council denied permission last year as Williams failed to provide sufficient evidence of the extent of decay. One neighbor has strongly objected to Williams’ plans, expressing their love for trees and urging against chopping them down. The tree is located in a conservation area, so it is protected by a tree preservation order and cannot be uprooted without permission from the local authority.
The Independent has reached out to a representative for the borough of Kensington and Chelsea for comment on the matter. Williams is reportedly concerned that the tree may break or fall, potentially causing damage, and thus may want it removed entirely.
This isn’t the first time Williams has been embroiled in disputes with his next-door neighbor, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. In 2018, they were involved in a planning battle when Williams planned to build a swimming pool at his home. Page raised concerns about potential damage to his home’s interior features, such as plaster, stained glass, and tile. Williams’ representatives argued that any effects on neighbors would be negligible.
The feud between Page and Williams dates back to 2013 when Williams purchased his Grade II listed mansion in west London for £17.5 million. The ongoing disputes highlight the challenges that can arise between high-profile neighbors over property renovations and modifications.
In conclusion, Robbie Williams is facing opposition from his neighbors over his request to remove a decaying tree at his west London home. The disputes between Williams and his next-door neighbor Jimmy Page are part of a longer history, with previous conflicts stemming from renovation plans. The conservation area status of the tree means that Williams must obtain permission from the local authority before taking any action.