Beckhams anger neighbours with air conditioning plans
David and Victoria Beckham have angered their neighbours with plans to install air conditioning in their London mansion.
The couple bought the stunning property in Holland Park for £31.5 million in September 2013 and have spent the past 18 months preparing plans to transform it into a fine family residence with air conditioning in five rooms including the luxury gym and wine cellar.
However, they've now received a strongly worded letter from a neighbouring resident, who "totally disagrees" with the plans, which "will affect the historic character of the Victorian house of the streets, my house included" the Daily Mirror newspaper reports.
He wrote: "The council must indentified our deep concerns about all adverse impacts on living conditions from noise, vibration, dirt, pollution and dust from construction and from associated traffic, in addition to concerns about impacts on drainage, on appearance and landscape, on structural stability, and on historic buildings. (sic)"
David and Victoria - who have children Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 12, Cruz, 10, and three-year-old Harper together - have hired designer Rose Uniacke to oversee the project and plans for "internal alterations at all levels" were approved earlier this year.
They plan to enlarge the lower ground floor wine cellar and re-configure two bathrooms while removing a third-floor guest bathroom to form an extended bedroom and sitting room meaning that, when finished, the home will have six bedrooms, a gym, study, office, playroom, cinema and drawing room.
The couple submitted a fresh application to install air conditioning in February, with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council set to decide on whether they will be allowed to go ahead with the work in the next three weeks.