Sun, 09 Oct 2016
TELEVISION presenter Chris Tarrant’s plans to extend his Bucklebury home have been rejected by West Berkshire Council.
The former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? presenter wanted to add a two-storey extension – including an extra two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a utility room and a snug – to the property.
The 69-year-old was also seeking permission to extend the existing sitting room and build an en-suite bathroom for the master bedroom of his home.
However, West Berkshire Council has refused permission, saying the extension would be going against planning regulations, which state buildings should not be developed to beyond 50 per cent of their original size.
Bucklebury Parish Council had previously objected to the extension on the same grounds, while some of Mr Tarrant’s neighbours also voiced their concerns.
Mr Tarrant originally submitted the plans in 2014, but they were withdrawn shortly after he suffered a stroke while on a flight from Thailand to London Heathrow.
Giving its reason for refusal, the council said: “The proposed extension, together with previous extensions to the original dwelling, will result in a total cumulative increase in floor space of approximately 126 per cent, and is regarded as disproportionate to the original dwelling.”