Court rules that Kensington “Stripy House” must be repainted

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The saga of Kensington’s infamous ‘stripy house’ looks like it might be finally nearing its conclusion as an appeals court has upheld January’s ruling for the owner to remove the eye catching embellishments. The home’s owner Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring was hoping to challenge RBKC council’s decision to use a Section 215 notice to force her into repainting the frontage back to its original white.

The house was originally given its controversial new look after Lise-Mainwaring had several planning applications for a major basement extension (always something of a dirty word in Kensington and Chelsea) denied following complaints from her neighbours. These same neighbours were similiarly appalled by the new paintjob and complained to the council.

This began what has amounted to a running series of skirmishes between Lise-Mainwaring and the council who (after initially claiming to be powerless to intervene) issued the Section 215 Notice ordering her to return the property to its previous appearance because of its location in a conservation order.

She challenged the decision in a two-day hearing at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court shortly before Christmas, but unhappy with the outcome, appealed against the ruling at another two-day hearing, this time at Isleworth Crown Court.

But this was dismissed on June 22 by His Honour Judge Johnson, who also ruled Lisle-Mainwaring must pay council costs of £17,390.20.

She will have to repaint the property within 28 days of receiving the full written judgement.

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