Saturday, March 23, 2013


GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS on the USE and ENJOYMENT of PRIVATE PROPERTY that MAKE SENSE

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Kensington Digs In with Ban on "Mega Basements"


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21 March 2013

The “iceberg home” mega basements dug three or four storeys into the ground with private cinemas, spas and swimming pools are set to be banned in one of London’s most affluent areas.

New draft rules that will limit basements to a single storey and impose much tighter limits on how far they can extend under a garden were today published by Kensington and Chelsea council.

The move follows a huge surge in applications for basements over recent years as wealthy owners have sought to by-pass planning restrictions on changes to their homes above ground by massively extending their living space underneath.

The subterranean extensions have often outraged local residents because of the noise, dust and disruption caused by digging them out, which can last for up to two years.

One recent application approved by the council came from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and his girlfriend Dasha Zhukova.
The couple want to dig out a two-storey basement at their riverside home in Cheyne Walk as part of a £10 million project that neighbours said would “create a dusty mayhem of a sprawling construction site in a peaceful conservation area.”

One of the most notorious applications was by former Foxtons estate agency owner Jon Hunt who successfully submitted plans for a cavernous basement under his home in Kensington Palace Gardens that included a tennis court and a showroom for his collection of Ferraris.

As well as blocking “multi-storey” basements “in most cases” the new draft rules will limit the amount of space that can be taken up under the garden from 85 per cent to 50 per cent; stop basements being dug under listed buildings and require the compulsory installation of pumps to prevent flooding from sewers.

The Tory-run council’s Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, Councillor Tim Ahern, said: “If the cumulative impact of scores of schemes that take months and years to complete is to damage the wider quality of life in our borough I believe we have a right to take that into account. We also need to retain our soakaway areas and for that you need space wide enough and deep enough.  Basements that are storeys deep do not help.”

Planning experts said the clampdown is likely to lead to a temporary rise in applications before the new rules come into effect at the end of the year.

The number of applications has surged in recent years in the borough from just 64 a decade ago to 307 last year.

Greg Hands, Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham, said disruption caused by basement digging was now one of the top five complaints in his constituency post-bag. He said: “Basement excavations have caused massive inconvenience to neighbours and other residents.”

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12 comments:

  1. I would definitely need at least 1 elevator in a place like that! To each his own I guess, but I see no need fo a place that bi no matter how much money I had.

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  2. Imagine the sinking feeling his dinner guests must experience as they ride the elevator down to feign polite interest in his ferraris.

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  3. Might such a giant excavation cause a sinkhole? Just asking.

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  4. Oooops. This was supposed to be the Trantor link, above.

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  5. The theme I see here is the way we spoil things for ourselves by indulging in WRETCHED EXCESS when we feel we have the power -- and the means -- so to do.

    It's one of the ugliest things about Human Nature -- probably the reason "government" got started in the first place -- an attempt to protect ourselves from the megalomaniacs among us.

    THE problem, of course, is that government, itself, becomes megalomaniacal, and THEN what are we supposed to do?

    "Confused alarums of struggle and flight
    Where ignorant armies clash by night."

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  6. FT,
    I see that theme as well.

    Every day, I ask, "What the hell is wrong with people?"

    Having possessions is not bad in and of itself. But all-consuming materialism is.

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  7. What was it the Greeks are said to have said?

    "MODERATION IN ALL THINGS."

    Surely at least ONE of the keys to "Salvation."

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  9. Slightly off topic but sticking to the theme of giant sink holes being dug, this time a 100 year project to hollow out the fiscal economic and monetary policy of a once great and free nation by the Federal Reserve ... The New York Sun rises hopefully.


    "Let us be the first to endorse the Centennial Monetary Commission Act, which has just been introduced in the Congress. It is being advanced not by one of the so-called marginal figures but by the chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, Kevin Brady. The measure would establish a serious, bipartisan committee on monetary reform as we begin the second century under a Federal Reserve System that, in recent decades, has had an increasingly illogical dual mandate and is churning out money that is convertible by law into nothing but more fiat money.

    Mr. Brady is emerging as an important figure in the monetary debate. He has not endorsed a gold standard, per se. Nor has he signed on to some of the more radical measures, such as Ron Paul’s Free Competition in Currency Act, which would end the whole system of legal tender and open the way for privately issued money to compete with government scrip. Instead, Mr. Brady has been pressing a measure called the Sound Dollar Act, which he has just reintroduced. It would, among other things, end the Fed’s dual mandate to both stabilize prices and boost employment."

    http://www.nysun.com/editorials/a-breakthrough-on-money/88234/

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  10. I can't imagine why some bright soul has not introduced the concept of a currency backed by MANY DIFFERENT MATERIALS that have TANGIBLE INTRINSIC WORTH.

    PLATINUM
    GLD
    SILVER
    TITANIUM
    COPPER

    DIAMONDS
    RUBIES
    EMERALDS
    PEARLS


    ETCETERA.

    What could be the matter with that? I don't know. I'm just asking. Officially-sanctioned COUNTERFEIT money just HAS to buy a One-Way Ticket to DISASTER.

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