Another day, another outrageous billionaire basement plan for London.
Chelsea Football Club boss Roman Abramovich’s plans to excavate a two-storey basement under three linked Cheyne Walk properties are expected to see the light of day next week.
Kensington and Chelsea council is expected to permit the renovation of the property which could give the home a £100m price tag.
The London Evening Standard reports that the new home will come with an art studio, a garden inspired by previous owner James Whistler’s paintings of the Thames embankment and a “secondary building for staff and guests”. Plans to replace the Oaks with lime trees in the front garden are also on the cards.
Work is expected to be completed in three years and Abramovich will stay in his Kensington Palace Gardens home till then.
Some neighbours are up in arms with one saying, “This is probably bad news for all of us.”
Others are happy saying they were “worried about noise and the effect of the big basement” but “look forward to welcoming his family to the area”.
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