Former Crimewatch reporter Nick Ross to build £40m London home with pool, gym & wine cellar

Property bubble or no property bubble, London’s super home extravaganza carries on. And the latest addition to the scene is former Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross.

Ross just won planning permission to create a five-bedroom home after demolishing his £17m Grade II listed Georgian villa in Bayswater. Once complete, the property is expected to fetch up to £40m.

Proposals included fitting the home with a two-storey basement, swimming pool, gym, projection room, staff quarters and a wine cellar.

The neighbours were up in arms about the proposals branding them “out of character” with the area. Westminster council’s planning officers had received 19 objections from local residents.

The council gave planning permission only after suggesting a few changes to the exterior design.

Ross had proposed putting a series of pergolas into the garden and a set of balconies on the house.

But, according to the Standard, committee chairman Robert Davis ordered for the second pergola to be removed, the roof be pulled back and that the gates be made of railings.

He said: “I would like to see us grant the application subject to the conditions I have mentioned. It is also very important to bring this building back into use.”

Speaking after the meeting Ross said: “I am sorry we have lost the pergola, it doesn’t cause any problems with the adjoining premises. But yes, overall I am glad that we got it.”

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