After losing a tough battle with Robbie Williams over his proposed basement pool, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has now lost a battle with another rich neighbor: Former Prudential Chairman Sir Harvey McGrath, The Daily Mail reports. A crazy lavish photo has also been revealed showing the proposed pool for Williams, showing Page’s first loss to a neighbor.
Page fears that McGrath’s new units will infringe on his music studio and that his Grade I listed home will be affected by vibrations caused by the renovations. McGrath bought his home near Page for £12.8million and pissed off Page in 2016 by winning permission for extensive renovations, including a lift.
In planning documents submitted to Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington Council, Mr McGrath’s planning consultants TJR planning said: “Four air condensing units are proposed within two acoustic enclosures. The proposed development would meet the needs of the present without compromising future generations to meet their own needs.”
Page wrote in a letter to Town Legal LLP, “I urge the council to refuse the application as having the potential for harmful impact on living conditions in The Tower House. I use the area to listen to and scrutinise recordings, requiring my full concentration with no distracting noise and/or vibration from other sources, for meetings away from the main house and for recorded interviews where naturally there cannot be any constant background noise.”
He said: ‘The submitted noise report confirms that the condensers would also include local vibration isolators which would effectively limit any adverse vibration transmission.
Graham Stallwood, the director of planning at the council, said the plans would not affect Page’s ability to hear himself play music or be interviewed at his home.
“The proposed scheme of vibration isolation would also mitigate the transfer of vibration to the supporting and connecting structures and ensure that the airborne sound mitigation design is not compromised. There is no reason, with the recommended conditions attached, to conclude that there would be a likelihood of vibration being transmitted to any part of the structure of the Grade I listed Tower House.
Given the nature of the proposals, whereby the proposed a/c units would be positioned internally with no effect upon the external appearance of the building, there would be no impact on the setting, of the adjoining Grade I listed building.”
Stallwood added that the development was approved but stressed the air conditioning units shall not operate ‘unless they are supported on adequate proprietary anti-vibration mounts to prevent the structural transmission of vibration and regenerated noise within adjacent or adjoining premises.