Robbie Williams' builders must use HAND TOOLS to dig new basement and swimming pool after five-year battle with neighbour Jimmy Page at his listed £17million mansion

  • Jimmy and Robbie have been locked in a bitter dispute over Robbie's proposals 
  • Led Zeppelin star Jimmy was fearful extension may damage Grade-I listed home
  • Planning documents say nothing other than hand tools weighing no more than nine kilograms should be used during the works

Robbie Williams is said to be 'shocked' after being told he must use hand tools to build his basement and swimming pool after a five-year battle against rock star neighbour Jimmy Page. 

The pop star has been at loggerheads with the Led Zeppelin guitarist since submitting plans for a basement gym and pool at his £17million home in west London

However Jimmy objected as he feared vibrations from excavation work would damage his neighbouring 1875 Grade I-listed mansion where he has lived since 1972.

Robbie Williams
Jimmy Page

Robbie Williams (left) has been locked in a bitter dispute with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy (right) over Robbie's bid to add an underground gym and pool at his Grade II listed home

The planning war has seen Robbie apologise for comparing Jimmy's behaviour to someone with a 'mental illness'.

Jimmy has also denied accusing Robbie of dressing in a blonde wig while playing Black Sabbath music loudly late at night to annoy him. 

The Stairway To Heaven writer has referred to his Tower House home, designed by William Burges, as 'one of the most historic buildings in the borough'.

Planning permission has now been granted under a variety of conditions following a council planning meeting on Tuesday. 

Planning documents state: 'There shall be no use of percussive demolition and construction equipment (other than hand tools weighing no more than 9kg) at any time during the works associated with this permission.' 

Jimmy claimed he did not want Robbie to build a subterranean swimming pool and gym over fears it will damage his Grade-I listed Tower House, where he has lived since 1972. Planning documents say nothing other than hand tools weighing no more than nine kilograms should be used during the works

Jimmy claimed he did not want Robbie to build a subterranean swimming pool and gym over fears it will damage his Grade-I listed Tower House, where he has lived since 1972. Planning documents say nothing other than hand tools weighing no more than nine kilograms should be used during the works 

The reason given was 'to minimise the potential for vibration from building works as part of the precautionary approach to safeguarding the adjacent Grade-I listed building.'

The document, which says Robbie has three years to begin the work, also said detailed drawings and samples of the design must also be submitted prior to construction to 'ensure the special historic character of the building is preserved'.

Sources close to the dispute also claimed that Robbie's planning team were 'shocked' about having to use hand tools for the pool which is understood to be the 'world's most expensive'.

Jimmy's property has been described as one of Britain's finest examples of the French Gothic revival and he fears vibrations from work could damage parts of his home

Jimmy's property has been described as one of Britain's finest examples of the French Gothic revival and he fears vibrations from work could damage parts of his home

Work on the project is not expected to begin until the summer of 2020 as planning teams continue to debate on how the work will be monitored.

The source close to the project said: 'This is been a very long planning dispute but it's ended in Robbie Williams having to use tools dating back from the 19th century.

'Jimmy Page's team will be delighted and the council have seen the importance of protecting Page's property.   

'The pool is now set to the world's most expensive.'  

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council said a draft Section 106 agreement was submitted following negotiations with the Council and the applicant who has also consulted Jimmy Page. 

Robbie - who has had two previous planning applications refused after objections from Jimmy - lives with his wife Ayda Field and their three children at this property

Robbie - who has had two previous planning applications refused after objections from Jimmy - lives with his wife Ayda Field and their three children at this property 

He would also have to install monitoring equipment at his mansion to ensure that works do not exceed certain noise and vibration levels.  

If ground movement and vibration exceed the agreed level then work on the basement would have to be suspended.   

Councillors have also told Williams that no odours from his swimming pool should be detectable at the boundary fence with Jimmy's property. 

Councillors have also told Robbie that no odours from his swimming pool should be detectable at the boundary fence with Jimmy's property

Councillors have also told Robbie that no odours from his swimming pool should be detectable at the boundary fence with Jimmy's property

Robbie - who has had two previous planning applications refused after objections from Jimmy - lives with his wife Ayda Field and their three children.

His builders were fined £4,670 in 2017 for breaching noise regulations following a complaint by Jimmy. 

In 2017 Robbie apologised to Jimmy after likening some of his behaviour to someone with a 'mental illness'.

Jimmy commissioned architects, civil engineers and historic building experts to write reports on the significance of his home and the threat posed by potential building work. 

Jimmy Page was unavailable for comment whilst reps for Robbie Williams have been contacted for comment. 

Robbie Williams must use HAND TOOLS to dig new basement and swimming pool after five-year battle

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