Noel Fielding given permission for roof terrace at £1.6m London flat
Great British Bake Off’s Noel Fielding is granted permission to build rooftop ‘party’ terrace at £1.6m London flat despite neighbours’ fears over noise
- The comedian, 45, bought his Highgate apartment for £950,000 in 2009
- It is now worth £1.6m and he applied to extend it with a roof terrace in November
- Despite neighbours’ noise concerns Camden Council approved his application
Great British Bake Off host Noel Fielding has been allowed to build a ‘party’ roof terrace on top of his £1.6million London home.
The Mighty Boosh star, 45, bought his Highgate apartment for £950,000 in 2009 – but it is now worth £1.6million.
In November last year he applied for permission to convert the roof space into a terrace.
He also asked Camden Council if he could build a new internal staircase to connect his living room to a gallery space above.
But despite neighbours’ concerns the new features would encourage him to throw parties, the application was approved last week.
Great British Bake Off star Noel Fielding, 45 (pictured with co-hosts Sandi Toksvig, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood) bought his Highgate apartment for £950,000 in 2009 – but it is now worth £1.6million
Fielding lives in Highgate with his girlfriend Lliana Bird, a radio presenter and charity worker.
Granting permission, David Joyce, director of regeneration and planning at Camden Council, said: ‘The use of the lower level flat roof as a private terrace is not considered to harm the amenity of neighbouring residents, as it would not provide dissimilar views than are already present from the terrace.’
Neighbours were not convinced however, claiming his plans would increase noise, cause thumping footsteps, with one even saying the comedian was missing an opportunity to fight climate change.
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In a letter to the council neighbour Lucy Moy-Thomas, who lives directly below the TV host, said: ‘If this common area is used as a private roof terrace this will preclude any possible use of it for the common good of all four flats.
‘The most obvious use this would preclude is generation of electricity by photo-voltaic panels or small wind turbines.
‘This represents a serious loss of amenity for other residents.
‘[The block of flats] is in a conservation area and there are currently no roof lights in any of the […] roofs facing the Heath.
In November last year he applied for permission to convert the roof space on top of his Highgate home (pictured) into a terrace
Plans submitted to Camden Council show how Fielding intends to convert his roof space
‘The three proposed south-facing roof lights will be completely out of keeping with the rest of this unique Edwardian development.
‘We already normally hear loud thudding when the occupants upstairs move around during the day and night.
Fielding is pictured with his girlfriend Lliana Bird in London in 2015
‘The new staircase will resound above our main room every time someone comes down stairs.
‘We both work at home and need quiet to work and will find this added noise extremely intrusive.
‘The flat below will suffer increased noise from the use of the new internal staircase and all of the flats will suffer increased intrusive noise from additional occupants and from parties held on the roof terrace in summer.’
Another neighbour Nicolas Weaver, said in his objection: ‘The three large rooflights will be an inappropriate intrusion in a conservation area.
‘At present, [the block of flats] is currently accessed by an acoustically separate staircase tower at the end of the block.
‘The new application seeks to introduce a new staircase to access the loft which descends from the loft through a large circular void to the main floor of his flat.
‘Unfortunately at this point, it is directly above the principal room of our flat beneath.
Further plans show both the internal staircase and terrace Fielding is planning to build
Another drawing in the design and access statement for the extension shows the roof terrace in relation to neighbouring properties
A red line shows where the new roof terrace will be built, despite neighbour complaints
‘The loud thump to be heard every time someone reaches the bottom tread is easy to imagine.’
Mr Fielding’s architects Square Feet said the proposals had already been discussed with the council in the pre-planning stage.
They added the roof decking finish would not be visible to any neighbours or from any public areas at ground level.
He was given full planning permission on January 23.
Fielding is pictured with his Bake Off co-host Sandi Toksvig on set of the hit Channel 4 show
Noel Fielding is best known for co-presenting Channel 4’s the Great British Bake Off alongside Sandi Toksvig and Paul Hollywood, after the show’s move from the BBC.
From 2003 to 2007, with Julian Barratt, he co-wrote and starred in The Mighty Boosh, a surrealist comedy on BBC Three which went on to have a successful stage run.
Liana Bird, his partner of nine years, is a Radio X presenter and charity founder who four years ago helped launch Help Refugees, a voluntary organisation aimed at improving the lives of refugees across Europe and the Middle East.
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