Celebrity chef Gordon
Ramsay has been told he cannot go ahead with building two igloos in the garden
of his £7m Battersea mansion, reports say.
The 30 ft long timber igloos
are made in Estonia
by a company called Iglucraft and cost around £40,000 each. Ramsay apparently
intends to use them as extra living accommodation for family and guests. They include
a kitchen, shower, heating and space for a double bed.
The reports say that Wandsworth
Council has told Ramsay his application cannot proceed until he provides a tree
survey showing what impact the igloos would have on the trees and other
vegetation in his garden.
Reports say that David
Beckham and Guy Ritchie, amongst other celebrities, have installed similar
igloos in their respective gardens.
Not too long ago, mega basement extensions with pools were the most usual way for celebrities and oligarchs to create extra space in their mansions, but they are now widely frowned upon. So it could just be that pricey timber sheds are becoming the new battle ground between affluent mansion owners, their neighbours and the planners.