Holly Willoughby's neighbours object to her home extension plans

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TV Presenter Holly Willoughby poses for photographers on arrival at the TV Choice Awards in central London on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)
Holly Willoughby's neighbours are not happy about her home extension plans. (AP)

Holly Willoughby has faced objections from her neighbours over plans to build a first-floor extension to her home.

The 40-year-old This Morning presenter lives in west London in a five-bedroom house with her TV production company boss husband Dan Baldwin and their three children.

The couple have submitted plans to add a sixth bedroom with en-suite bathroom, walk-in wardrobe and balcony, as well as a second study, to the first floor of their home – a folly that dates back to the 1800s and has its own tower, complete with flagpole.

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Neighbours have opposed the planning application to the local authority, complaining the building works will cause noise and disruption and have a negative impact on the local wildlife and greenery, and that the proposal's purpose is purely for "luxury living".

Local resident Liliana Velez wrote: "Due to COVID I work from home... My workspace is right by the project.. Having the noise all week all day for so many months is not the standard of living in such an expensive area to live. I do not pay taxes to get this level of disruption, it is not quality of life."

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She adds: "This project does not have the objective to fix a critical aspect to the building [but] is SOLELY for luxury living."

Neighbour Julie Halstead objected: "One of the reasons I came [to the area] is is because it is within a beautiful, leafy Conservation Area; The home has already been extended.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Holly Willoughby and Dan Baldwin attend the
Holly Willoughby and Dan Baldwin bought the house in 2011. (Getty Images)

"I feel that further development as per proposal, would severely impact the character and nature of this part of the road and community.

"I feel that the project would have a negative impact on wildlife in this beautifully green area. My main living areas face the home and its gardens.

"The proposed project would mean that I would be much more overlooked with it resulting in a loss of privacy."

And Barnaby Martin complained: "It would cause significant difficulties in terms of access and parking as well as disturbance during the day.

"As the proposed works are purely cosmetic, and not essential, I don’t see them as being worth the overwhelmingly negative effect on the lives and work of the people who live here."

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28:  Holly Willoughby attends the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Holly Willoughby attends the National Television Awards in 2020. (David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Willoughby and Baldwin – who have three children, Harry, 11, Belle, nine, and Chester, six – purchased the property in 2011 and the following year carried out extensive renovations to the ground floor, including extending the kitchen and living area and installing a bar.

They have since built a swimming pool and pool house, installed a super basement and felled several trees in the sizeable grounds.

The Sun recently reported that neighbours have objected to Willoughby flying a Union Jack from the tower of the property.

And MailOnline reported that in 2013 a local resident sent an anonymous letter to the house accusing them of disturbing neighbours at night with their "drunken behaviour".

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Baldwin responded by emailing 50 residents, saying: "The letter was extremely rude and overly aggressive (I'll save you the gory details).

"It wrongly accused us of keeping the whole neighbourhood up last night with drunken behaviour."

Yahoo UK has contacted Willoughby's representative for comment.

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