Fulham football manager Mark Hughes has angered local residents of the upmarket Alderley Edge area of Cheshire because of his recently submitted planning application. They feel that he will on tearing down part of his Victorian villa and turning the house into a more green family home. The planning application submitted intends on demolishing the rear portion of the historic Brampton House which will then include a pool and gym.
The property dates from the 1850s and is located on Trafford Road. The house has a great deal of history behind it as it was initially called Osborne House which was Queen Victorias home on the Isle of Wight. His intention is to just keep the facade of the historic building and in its place build a £5million four bedroom family home which will be extremely environmentally friendly. The plans include excavating a tranquillity garden, weight and treatment room, a swimming pool, and a sauna with two plunge pools. He bought the house two and a half years and is hopeful that his plans will be adopted as the house isn’t listed, even if it is in a conservation area. Underneath the front lawn he hopes to have an underground garage which will be in a position to house four cars. The ground floor will have a cinema room, dining room, an open plan kitchen, and a retreat. The plans then include stairs which will lead down to another lounge and office with a big garden room. There will likewise be a garden room next door which will connect to the principal house by a glazed walkway.
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There were many building structures on the grounds, distinct from the main building there existed a caretaker’s cottage by the lake, a children’s house that was by the tennis court, a maids’ quarters, a butlers’ house, an ice house, a tank house, a coach house, and two boat houses which were home to two boats called the Jacqueline and the Cherokee. The estate was also capable of gathering its own food in the shape of vegetables as it had a patch of land that had a dedicated dairy and vegetable garden.
The architects who’ve designed the house hope that the plans will be adopted because the house is retaining its original facade so that it still retains its character. Therefore there’ll be no significant loss to the conservation area. Neighbours are worried that if the application is permitted to go ahead then this will establish a precedent for others in the area to perform the same. They hope that Alderley Edge is allowed to maintain its unique character and not leave any development to be provided with the go ahead.
The plans were submitted last May and were rejected. However Hughes has appealed from the decision by Cheshire East Council. Locals to the town feel that much of the original character properties have been demolished and in their place are modern large mansions out of line with the area and are hoping that the call is upheld. His next door neighbour feels that the establishment shouldn’t be permitted to go ahead as they feel that the house is an integral part of the tradition and history of Alderley Edge. The Edge Association are also against the plans, this same group held a referendum three years ago about the footballers wives homes that were becoming increasingly widespread in the area. The secretary of the association feels that Hughess villa is one of the later of its kind in Alderley Edge and must be maintained as such. The association also feels that although they’re not against footballers moving into the area they’re pushing property prices through the roof to the extent that the local young adults are finding it hard to get onto the property ladder themselves. Hughes will find out later this month if his appeal is successful or not.