Rip It Down! Council Demand Anna Friel’s £100k Cowboy Extension Is Demolished

British actress Anna Friel has been ordered to rip down an extension on her lavish £1 million home just outside London. The Hollywood star built a one-story extension at the rear of her Grade-II-listed townhouse in Windsor, but council bosses have slapped a listing building enforcement notice on the extension.

In plain English that means the builders used the incorrect building materials, unsympathetic to the Georgian home, when extending the property.

Big wigs in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead planning department said the extension was “unauthorized” because it “harmed the historic fabric” of the Grade II-listed 18th century home.

The council has now demanded 40-year-old Friel make changes to the property within 3 months.

In February this year, neighbours complained the extension crept into their land with the Daily Mail reporting it could cost £100k to rebuild
In February this year, neighbours complained the extension crept into their land with the Daily Mail reporting it could cost £100k to rebuild

Friel said in a statement: “[I] want to reassure the necessary authorities that any final cosmetic requirements that need to be undertaken, will be done within the allocated remedy period.”

The Golden Globe nominated actress isn’t the only celebrity to call Windsor their home. Pop legend Elton John, Army Officer turned popstar James Blunt and Aussie beauty Natalie Imbruglia all own property in the town.

The DMZ view on the Friel situation is simple – a right Royal cock-up.

Researching your design and build team is key, whether you’re adding a small extension or building a colossal skyscraper. Spending the time to gain references on tradesman can be priceless…or save you £100,000 and a whole lot of embarrassment in Ms. Friels’ case.