Abramovich Wins a Battle to Reconstruct His 17th Centuary Mansion

Abramovich Wins a Battle to Reconstruct His 17th Centuary Mansion

As we reported earlier, Kensington & Chelsea Council was poised to grant approval for scheme to reconstruct the 17th century mansion of Russian billionaire last week. Roman Abramovich has won a three-year battle with planners for permission after making a series of compromises, which were forced on him by neighbors anxious at possible loss of light and increased traffic.

His US$ 15 million plan to refurbish the mansion has been met with fury from neighbors who have described the proposal's approval as "bad news". Particularly hard-hit will be residents of nearby apartments, whose complaints about losing their views of the Thames were airily dismissed in the committee's report.

The businessman aims to excavate beneath the Grade II-listed house, which was once home to artist James Whistler, to create a two-storey basement. He is also going to convert part of the building into an art studio to house his collection of valuable modern paintings that he has bought along with his 31-year-old partner, Dasha Zhukova.