A massive extension project has started at the £17 million home of Pippa and James Matthews, causing frustration among the wealthy couple’s neighbours.
Pippa and James, who got married this summer in the society wedding of the year, are building a first floor extension above the kitchen of their mansion in Chelsea.
The home, which already has a gym, an underground cinema, a lift, a staff room and six bedrooms, will soon have a new bathroom complete with his and hers sinks.
The extension will also add separate male and female dressing rooms off the master bedroom.
Removal men were seen taking bedding in anticipation for the renovation to the five-storey, stucco-fronted property, which James, 40, bought in 2014.
But the plans have angered the couple’s neighbours who have complained the extension will block out light and building work will cause noise and disruption.
Ellen Dyvik, who lives next door, complained to the council: “We have reviewed the proposed plan, and strongly object to the suggested rear extension.
“It will completely block the sunlight which currently comes into our kitchen for a limited time in the middle of the day, and generally block the daylight into our kitchen from the adjacent window.
“If the project goes ahead we will see significant morning light and sun loss in; our cherished outside patio, our main kitchen dining area which is designed as an orangery, our main office.
“The house should be big enough to be able to accommodate our neighbours’ architectural plans within the existing structure.”
She added that neither the Matthews nor the council officers considering the planning application ever spoke to her or assessed the situation.
Marc Perusat, neighbour on the other side, said he was dreading the disruption of the building work, after enduring an extension and years of renovation work at the property before James bought it.
He wrote: “My family lived through the [previous] extensive several years development a few years ago. It was a highly disruptive construction project with all the obvious inconveniences that a refurbishment of that size involves.”
At one stage, the previous extension caused part of the garden wall to collapse into Perusat’s garden.
Another neighbour wrote: “The completed extension would constrain the view over the gardens from the master bedroom, kitchen and staircase windows. The construction itself would cause considerable inconvenience to us and our children.”
James was granted planning permission to build the new bathroom in January last year.
The racing driver turned hedge fund manager has previously had a lot of success in the property world, having bought a Mayfair property for £1.75 million in his early 20s and then selling it for £12.75 million in 2006.
The Grade II-listed bachelor pad had seven stories with five bedrooms and 21 rooms, which James admitted was a bit large for one person.
Putting the bachelor life behind him, James, the brother of Made in Chelsea’s notorious Spencer, proposed to Pippa in July last year.
DealMakerz reckons the extended mansion is befitting for a couple with royal connections.
And no doubt one of the other well-heeled Chelsea residents will be adding a huge extension in the near future.