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- Benedict Cumberbatch, 41, has modified proposals for the 160 sq ft shed
- Revised plans include natural plantd roof and walls, as well as sloping roof
- But residents in designated conservation area have objected to development
Benedict Cumberbatch has sparked fresh fury from neighbours over new plans for a ‘Dad’s Army’ camouflaged shed in his back garden.
The actor, 41, has modified his proposals for the 160 sq ft art studio and playroom in the grounds of his £2.7million home in Camden, north London, following previous objections from local residents.
The revised plans include a natural planted roof and walls, as well as a sloping roof with lowered eaves.
However, residents in the designated conservation area have again objected to the ‘insensitive and oppressive’ development, saying it will cause a loss of light and sense of enclosure.
Benedict Cumberbatch (pictured with wife Sophie Hunter) has sparked fresh fury from neighbours over new plans for a ‘Dad’s Army’ camouflaged shed in his back garden
The actor, 41, has modified proposals for the outbuilding at his £2.7m home in Camden, north London (pictured)
In a letter to the local council, the residents association wrote: ‘No amount of “Dads Army” camouflage will mask the shape of the building against the sky.
‘Granting of such a scheme would set a dangerous precedent which would be used by the other houses in the road to adversely affect the environmental quality of the residents of the Mews and similar locations.
Explaining his concerns, neighbour Robert Ryan wrote: ‘I am very disappointed to see the return of this proposed structure to the front of our property. The application says the “shed” will “cast no shadow” but it will give the feeling of encroachment of the built environment, despite any attempts at camouflage.
‘The outside space in front of our houses is where we gather as a community, for both social events and communal maintenance of the area.
The revised plans for the shed include a natural planted sloping roof, including an example (above) in the proposals
The proposed shed, which will cover 160 sq metres, will also include naturally planted wall. The plans included the above picture as an example
‘I find it surprising, to say the least, that the owner’s representatives should try and dictate where we residents should spend our leisure time.
‘In conclusion, I find the proposed structure to be oppressive, insensitive to the neighbours and a poor precedent for the future of our mews.’
Cumberbatch bought the three-storey, five-bedroom Victorian mansion three years ago.
The proposed shed, which also includes a bike and tool store, will be 5.7m wide and 2.5m deep, with a height of just under 10ft at its highest point.
The previous plans had outlined a shed that was 6.25m wide and 2.5m deep, with a height of just under 10ft.
Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie had withdrawn their earlier proposal for the shed in their back garden (pictured), following a backlash from neighbours
His planning agent said the sloping roof and lowered eaves in the new plans (pictured) makes the appearance less like a ‘pavillion’, following the criticism from neighbours
However, residents argued the previous design was ‘more like a pavilion’ than a shed.
Referring to the new plans, his planning agent said: ‘The scheme has been amended in response to various neighbour and planning officer concerns raised in relation to the withdrawn application.
‘The proposed use is incidental to the enjoyment of the property. The sloping roof, reduced area of glazing and lowered eaves together creates a more “shed-like” appearance that is less like a “pavillion”.
‘The intention of the design is for the shed to be fully covered in natural growth – a ‘living’ structure with green walls and a green roof.
‘This approach is in keeping with the owner’s ambitions for as natural a garden as possible.’
The proposed shed in the couple’s back garden will be an art studio and playroom, and will also include a bike and tool store
But neighbour Nicholas Jeune has hit back at the proposals, saying: ‘I remain very concerned by the effective increase in my sense of enclosure that this development would impose.
‘This development would account for a loss of green space, a loss of light and an increased sense of enclosure, not to mention any noise implications if the shed was to be used for anything other than storage.’
Another added: ‘I am concerned with the impact this proposal will have on light ingress to the mews, the quality of life for residents there, not least the effect this project will have upon the established and fine trees within the development zone.’
Two years ago, Cumberbatch, won his bid to renovate the property including the conversion of the attic into another bedroom, a rear extension, new balcony and plant room despite neighbours’ fears over noise from a new boiler.
Planners at Camden Council have received a total of four letters of objection to the proposed shed and are expected to make a decision next month.
Camden Council declined to comment. MailOnline has contacted a representative for Benedict Cumberbatch.
Benedict Cumberbatch sparks fury over plans for 'Dad's Army' shed