Jamie Theakston has lost the latest round in his battle to further develop his backyard by building an outbuilding with a gym and a home office.
The radio and TV presenter drew up plans for the 40ft-wide annexe at his £9million mansion last October – just three years after he enraged his neighbors by building a new house at the end of his garden.
Council officials refused planning permission for his latest project, saying the outbuilding’s “excessive size” and “appearance” would have “detrimental effects” on neighboring homes in a leafy conservation area.
Concerns were also raised that the inclusion of a kitchenette in the plans would go against local planning policy, as it “could facilitate future conversion of the single-storey garden room for use as a self-contained dwelling”.
The former host of children’s show Live & Kicking, who currently hosts Heart FM’s breakfast show with Amanda Holden, appealed the verdict.
Heart FM DJ Jamie Theakston, pictured here with his wife Sophie Siegle, is attempting to build a home office and gym at the end of the garden of his £6million home in Chiswick, west London
The couple spent more than two years remodeling the luxury property
Jamie Theakston planned to build a gym and home office at the end of his garden in Chiswick, West London
His original design was rejected due to the trendy black paneling, so he resubmitted a modified design using traditional wood
Theakston, 51, plans to set up a gym, home office and yoga studio in the new building
But his appeal has now been dismissed by a government planning inspector who said the development would breach planning guidelines by spoiling the view of his garden in Chiswick, west London.
The inspector also noted that the proposal to clad the building in black steel cladding would be in “sharp contrast” to the traditional building materials used in Theakston’s neighbourhood.
Theakston, who lives with his wife and two children, is now trying to sidestep the switch by coming up with new plans for an annexe with a separate yoga studio area replacing the kitchenette and a shower room.
He has submitted an application for a “lawful occupancy certificate” for the development, arguing that this would only be “ancillary to the enjoyment” of his home and within his property and is therefore exempt from the need for full planning permission.
The new plans appear to be an attempt to allay fears that the annexe could become living space in the long term.
But the planned development of the Garden Room is remarkably similar in size and form to that in the old plans, according to documents presented to Hounslow Council.
The new plans also include a home office and fitness room with similar equipment to the exercise area outlined in the old plans, as well as free weights, plyometric box jumps, and sled push and battle rope areas.
One key difference is that the plans for the new garden room suggest clad it in reclaimed wood paneling rather than the trendy black paneling of the old plans.
A statement from Theakston planning agent said: “It is within the local conservation area but as this outbuilding would be built at the far end of the garden (rather than to the side of the dwelling) the designation is not prohibitive.
“The main areas would be used for private exercise (gym and dedicated yoga area) and a home office. The annex does not provide primary living accommodation.”
The couple have transformed the home into a magnificent space but would like to do more work on the property
Planners are expected to make a decision on his latest bid next month.
The planning inspector, who rejected Theakston’s recent objection, ruled that it would be “clearly visible” from the street and would affect the “sense of openness” in his garden, which sits on a corner lot
The ruling concluded that this would “damage the character of the area” and would “catch the eye and compete visually with the trees”.
The inspector said: “The insertion of a large outbuilding into this space would reduce the overall sense of openness and undermine the gaps between buildings at this corner.
“Consequently, although it would be smaller and subordinate in scale to the existing dwelling, it would detract from the character of this part of the reserve.”
The ruling noted that Theakston was willing to use oak cladding instead, but stated: “However, this would not mitigate the impact of the scale and location of the proposed development.”
Theakston’s attempt to compare his plans to other existing outbuildings in the area was dismissed as the sites he cited were “significantly smaller” and “would not have a comparable impact”.
He bought the west London home for £3.8million and spent two years refurbishing the property
Half a dozen neighbors had objected to the former Top of the Pops host’s original plans for an outhouse, saying it would harm the conservation area and become a “bed in a shed”.
No one has yet submitted comments to the council on its reconfigured plans for its garden room.
Theakston’s plans for his own gym appear likely to be a key part of his fitness regimen, which saw him lose half his body fat under a strenuous exercise program five years ago.
He bought his stunning five-bedroom corner lot home for £3.8million in 2010 and shares it with his wife Sophie and their two children.
Theakston undertook a massive Grand Designs-style refurbishment that lasted two years and in 2013 put the double-fronted house – which was once featured on TV show Through the Keyhole – up for sale for £6.5million.
The house would have been the second most expensive house ever sold in Chiswick if sold for the asking price, but he took it off the market.
Theakston sparked a protracted battle with his neighbors, including British film legend Richard Attenborough’s son Michael, by unveiling plans to build a four-bedroom detached house on a plot at the end of his garden in 2018.
More than 20 wealthy local residents protested, some accused it of “cultural vandalism” and acting out of greed, but Hounslow Council approved the development.
A historic coach house was demolished to make way for the stylish new three-story home, while a number of trees were also felled. Theakston is believed to have let the £3million property rather than sell it.
Before it got the green light to build, it lost a previous bid to build a gym and indoor pool in the back of the garden, which also infuriated neighbors.
RADA teacher Michael Attenborough, who lives next door, spoke at the time about Theakston’s plans for his new home.
He said: “Mr Theakston has told me he wants to build the house and sell it for as much as possible, but I don’t think he has considered the impact on his neighbours.
“He’s not doing anything illegal as the house will be built entirely on his own land, but as his neighbor it will have a huge impact on our home for the last 30 years.
“If it goes ahead we’ll have to seriously consider leaving as it won’t be like that here anymore. What I don’t understand is why he moved to a conservation area and then set about wanting to change things.”
Theakston’s plans for the house were approved with 18 conditions after councilors planning committee decided it would “retain the character and appearance” of the highly desirable area and “would not harm the living conditions of the neighbours”.
Councilors were also satisfied that the house would be of “satisfactory standards” and that appropriate mitigation measures and landscaping conditions would protect preserved trees.