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BILLIE Faiers is refusing to give up on her dream home after being refused planning permission by drawing up new plans for a smaller house – but only by millimetres.
The former Towie star and her husband Greg Shepherd had visions of demolishing the ramshackle £1.4 million property in Brentwood and turning it into a five-bedroom luxury home.
However, their old plans were thwarted by the local council, who said that they were too grand after complaints from both their next-door neighbours.
Yet it remains to be seen if the new ones will ease their fears, The Sun Online can exclusively reveal.
According to the design and access statement, the new home's extension height will be reduced by 500mm and they’ve made adjustments to the design so the property is not quite as close to their neighbours.
The couple are banking on council approval with the report adding: "The planning officer confirmed that these now overcome the reasons for refusal on the original application.
"They therefore recommended that a revised application be submitted."
Originally, the council officer’s delegated report stated it would be the biggest house on the street and the increase in size from the original home would not be acceptable.
They also had reservations as to the style of the house being sympathetic to the surrounding area, which "would be eroded to the detriment of local character and spatial qualities."
The refusal notice said: "The proposed extensions when combined would create a development which is excessive in terms of bulk, size, massing, roof design and siting, resulting in overly dominant additions to the existing dwelling and a substantial building out of character and appearance within its context.
"It would unacceptably reduce the spatial quality between properties which is characteristic of the area, to the detriment of local visual amenity."
Despite the previous owner having planning permission to build two houses, the council was not happy for Billie to be building one massive mansion.
The council was not satisfied that it matched with its policy CP1 – "the proposed development would not have an unacceptable detrimental impact on the visual amenity and character and appearance of the surrounding area".
Ironically, it was content that the plans didn't affect their neighbours on either side despite their complaints that the new building would be too close and affect their privacy.
The delegated report concludes: "Taking all matters into the planning balance the proposal cumulatively results in significant harm to the appearance and character of the area, and cannot be mitigated by the imposition of planning conditions; the proposal therefore conflicts with policy CP1 and is recommended for refusal".
The news will be heartbreaking for the pair, who were seen visiting the property on their hit ITVBe show The Mummy Diaries and set up a new Instagram account to show fans their progress with the renovations.
According to the plans, all five bedrooms were going to be on the first floor with the en-suite master bedroom having a huge dressing room.
Also three of the other en-suite bedrooms were to have massive walk-in wardrobes.
Greg was allowed to add a ‘man cave’ to the property, converting the original garage into a gym and games room, and there was to be a play room for their children; Nelly, five, and Arthur, two.
They wanted to add a two-storey side extension and single extensions to the front and rear, and completely re-landscape the outside space.
They bought the four-bedroom 1920s property in Brentwood, Essex, for £1.4 million on 20 January this year, which badly needed a makeover as it was so out-of-date.
On The Mummy Diaries, Billie showed off glimpses of the decrepit property and said in an interview with Hello Magazine: "We got the keys at the end of January but it's a huge project, a big renovation.
"We are going in blind because we've never done it before and we are starting from scratch.
"The architect has been in and for what we want to do, it's going to be at least a year or a year and a half until it is safe for us to live in, so we are going to stay where we are for now."
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