Monday, 18 December 2017

Clooney told boathouse plan is too big

ACTOR George Clooney’s plans to upgrade his £10million home in Sonning Eye have hit a snag.

ACTOR George Clooney’s plans to upgrade his £10million home in Sonning Eye have hit a snag.

South Oxfordshire District Council has asked for his plans for a new timber “river house” next to the Thames to be scaled down.

Conservation and design officer Samantha Allen said the new building would be far larger than the existing one and it would harm the setting of the main listed building, the conservation area and the riverside appearance of that part of the Thames.

The river house and veranda would have stone steps going out into the river.

Ms Allen said she would be willing to support amended plans which were proportional to the size of the current river house, which is made out of brick with a slate roof.



This was subject to the proposed building being in keeping with the area and materials remaining the same as in the original plans.

Clooney, 53, bought Mill House, a Grade II listed Georgian manor, with his lawyer wife Amal Alamuddin, 37, in October.

The couple have also applied for permission for a swimming pool, 12-seater cinema and staff accommodation. The council’s decision is due by the end of next week.

Since last month the house has been covered with sheeting and scaffolding has been erected on the north side.



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