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Kensington digs in with ban on 'mega basements'
london evening standard ^ | 21 March 2013 | Jonathan Prynn

Posted on 03/21/2013 4:21:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin

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.

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.

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1 posted on 03/21/2013 4:21:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Most people will gladly give up their freedom in exchange for the right to mind their neighbor’s business.


2 posted on 03/21/2013 4:23:57 PM PDT by marron
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To: marron

Makes sense. What if someone digs their basement too deep and hits the bottom of Britain and the island sinks? Britain may not be small enough to capsize, like Guam, but it can still sink.


3 posted on 03/21/2013 4:26:49 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: BenLurkin

Just build an underground parking garage and convert the back of it.


4 posted on 03/21/2013 4:27:02 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Marchione.)
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To: BenLurkin

Having lived in Kensington 1 1/2 blocks away from the palace, there is NO other place to build EXCEPT DOWN!!!! It’s as tight as a tick EVERYWHERE!!! Busy JEALOUS Body.....everywhere.


5 posted on 03/21/2013 4:28:44 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: BenLurkin

I deeply pity them. If I wanted a subsurface addition to my home (it is all above ground), I would not even have to file for a building permit.

Free Men Need Not Ask Permission.

Too much Freedom is impossible.


6 posted on 03/21/2013 4:29:32 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: marron
Most people will gladly give up their freedom in exchange for the right to mind their neighbor’s business.

Well-said!

7 posted on 03/21/2013 4:29:40 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Bryanw92

What if one of these guys dug too low and struck magma? I once saw a movie where an oil rig off the California coast struck magma which heated the water which caused a mega-typhoon. I don’t know how well London could handle a mega-typhoon.


8 posted on 03/21/2013 4:31:20 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?)
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To: Jeff Chandler

It probably because they might break into one of the tunnels our reptilian overlords use to stay out of sight.

Makes more sense than anything official they come up with.


9 posted on 03/21/2013 4:35:32 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Jeff Chandler

You know digging too deep may unleash a dragon to terrorize the whole world like in “Reign of Fire” which happened to be set in England.


10 posted on 03/21/2013 4:41:24 PM PDT by Redcitizen (.)
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To: BenLurkin

Excavating a large area underground next to a river is probably a very poor idea anyway.


11 posted on 03/21/2013 4:43:01 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: ottbmare

Been there, done that, in the peaceful city.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/photo/chi-090406-great-chicago-flood-pg,0,7871513.photogallery


12 posted on 03/21/2013 4:50:09 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: BenLurkin

I well remember the problems created for a whole neighborhood because too many people dug to install swimming pools and the basements flooded as a result of less acreage to soak up the rain.


13 posted on 03/21/2013 4:51:24 PM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: kitkat

I think that is what the one official is referring t owhen he talks about “soakaway”.

But I don’t speak British


14 posted on 03/21/2013 4:55:14 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin
The Krell had the best basement ever


15 posted on 03/21/2013 4:56:14 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Norm Lenhart
There was a guy somewhere in UK that made a "do-it-youslf" project basement....the house collapsed on him....

Not only did he get a fine for "excavating without a permit" but a bill for the rescue and another (bigger bill) for the demolition and removal of his house.

When subterranean excavations are banned...only outlaws....etc...

16 posted on 03/21/2013 4:59:17 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: ottbmare

Kensington is NOT near the river.


17 posted on 03/21/2013 5:05:13 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Texas Fossil
"I deeply pity them. If I wanted a subsurface addition to my home (it is all above ground), I would not even have to file for a building permit."

True BUT if the EPA got wind of it and thought there was a chance of disturbing the breeding grounds of the rare seven-toed mole when you went to dig your basement they would land on you like a chicken on a June bug...

18 posted on 03/21/2013 5:09:45 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: P.O.E.

That was an amazing effect for a movie made in the mid 1950's.

19 posted on 03/21/2013 5:12:00 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: spokeshave
Try this one:

Speaking during a debate in the House of Lords, he said: “Apparently, when Russians buy houses in London the one thing they really enjoy is digging down. I am not entirely sure why. Anyway, the builders appeared and they dug and they dug and they dug.

“I have no idea how far they dug but the result was that both houses on either side virtually collapsed into the hole, causing enormous inconvenience to them.”

Russians digging eh....They just pining for the fjords.....

20 posted on 03/21/2013 5:12:03 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Texas Fossil

“deeply pity”

Was that intentional?


21 posted on 03/21/2013 5:18:32 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: spokeshave
Our Barry is into underground bunkers....

Is a secret lair being built under the White House? West Wing vanishes behind a fence in $86 million ear-splitting project

By Daily Mail Reporter UPDATED: 14:07 EST, 4 April 2011

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1373234/Is-secret-lair-built-White-House-West-Wing-vanishes-fence-86-million-ear-splitting-project.html#ixzz2ODteEqIC Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

The West Wing of the White House is all-but disappearing behind an $86 million building project that is going to last for years. In recent weeks, an expanding and sometimes ear-splitting zone of excavation has enveloped the mansion's famous office wing.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1373234/Is-secret-lair-built-White-House-West-Wing-vanishes-fence-86-million-ear-splitting-project.html#ixzz2ODtxHh5S Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

22 posted on 03/21/2013 5:18:40 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

EPA?

They are too busy harrassing businesses in cities to worry about old duffers like me.

But the locals here are not easily intimidated. The sheriff, police and county judge are friends of mine. Families here have known each other for generations.

Long and short, I don’t feel threatened. But I am also not interested in digging a basement. My house is big enough now.


23 posted on 03/21/2013 5:19:33 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Bryanw92

Has any one considered hooking up a couple of outboard motors around Dover way and moving Britain closer to Ireland? Just curious.


24 posted on 03/21/2013 5:27:40 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: CrazyIvan

no just how it came out.


25 posted on 03/21/2013 5:33:58 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: BenLurkin

Groundwater?


26 posted on 03/21/2013 5:45:57 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: BenLurkin

....because, ya see, your land ain’t really your land, and your home ain’t really your home...


27 posted on 03/21/2013 5:51:12 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

“....because, ya see, your land ain’t really your land, and your home ain’t really your home...”

When has it ever not been the case that a sovereign body of government did not have supreme rights under God to your land? In Pennsylvania, the State is sovereign, and you contract with them to maintain possession — to receive a deed to the land.

Is there somewhere that individuals are “sovereign”? Has there ever been such a place?


28 posted on 03/21/2013 7:07:09 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Born to Conserve

Oops, just ignore that double negative.....


29 posted on 03/21/2013 7:08:06 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Born to Conserve

sure, before the tower of babel and the split of peoples into different nations. essentially before formal governments.


30 posted on 03/21/2013 9:50:27 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Born to Conserve

mind you this is monarch/socialist britain, where historically most people had no rights to land. this particular area is so developed the only way to go to expand your property is down. up is almost impossible via permits amd then being taxed out the a$$.


31 posted on 03/21/2013 9:53:15 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: spokeshave

so one guy doesn’t know how to do it and that means nobody can?

hey have this great one in washngton state where the guy made like 4-6 floors underground, explaining the process and how he safely did it. talking rebar concrete.


32 posted on 03/21/2013 9:55:33 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: BenLurkin

Bloody Bollocks!!

I NEED somewhere to store my collection of Ferraris!

Because I live in Florida on a coral ridge, there are NO basements at all.

:-)


33 posted on 03/22/2013 7:52:51 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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