Ant McPartlin has lost his battle with planners to build an ‘imposing’ garage and granny annex at his £7million mansion.
The Saturday Night Takeaway host, 47, wanted to demolish an existing double car port to build a garage with accommodation in the roof.
But officials at the local council rejected the proposed development, saying it would have an ‘unacceptable’ impact on the designated conservation area.
McPartlin was previously given the go-ahead for a car port canopy in his front garden and masked his identity when he applied for planning permission by using the name of a boozy love cheat from his favourite novel.
The host changed his name to a fictitious British writer whose story was told in 2002 novel Any Human Heart by William Boyd.
Ant and Dec shared this picture of McPartlin’s living room which features a blue L-shaped sofa and a panelled wall painted in an eggshell blue
Ant McPartlin’s luxury £7million south London home which he shares with his wife Anne-Marie Corbett
The planning application was to replace the current car port (pictured) with a ‘double garage with room in the roof’
The council denied the plans as it felt they would have an ‘unacceptable impact on the conservation area and the character of the street’. Pictured: Drawings submitted by Harper Latter Architects
But in revised plans submitted to the local council, he applied for permission for a double garage at the seven-bedroom Arts and Crafts-style home he shares with wife Anne-Marie Corbett, who he tied the knot with in 2021.
In a design statement, McPartlin’s planning agent said: ‘This proposal is for the replacement of the existing car port with a new garage with room in the roof space.
‘The replaced garage will occupy the same footprint as the existing car port and the ridge of the new roof will be approximately 1.25m higher than the existing double ridge but will have a slightly smaller mass.
‘The proposals… do not have a negative impact on the area or the amenity of neighbouring houses and is in keeping with the scale and character of the adjacent houses and conservation area.’
Ant McPartlin has been refused permission to build an ‘imposing’ garage and granny annex at the home he shares with wife Anne-Marie Corbett (above)
McPartlin wanted to replace his existing double garage car port with a double garage with a granny annex. Pictured: Drawings submitted by Harper Latter Architects
McPartlin’s three-storey luxury home in Wimbledon, south London, boasts five reception rooms, a large open-plan kitchen, cinema, sun room, larder, walk-in wardrobe, study and office.
He bought the pad in 2018 but did not move in until renovations costing £1.6million were carried out. He has since added a swimming pool complete with Victorian-style changing rooms.
He was also granted planning permission for side and rear extensions and a new front entrance.
McPartlin withdrew his plans for the garage after officials at the council said they were unable to support them, despite no objections from neighbours.
The decision was revealed following a Freedom of Information request after all previously publicly available documents were removed from the council’s website.
In an email to McPartlin’s planning agent, planning officer Stephen Hill said: ‘I am afraid we cannot support the proposal.
‘The road is characterised by spacious frontages. Garages should be, and invariably are, set back behind the building line.
‘If you are building a new garage, they should preferably be behind the building line of the house.
‘The existing car port is quite neatly set back and is significantly more lightweight and less imposing than the extension your client proposes, which is effectively a 1.5 storey garage and extension with living accommodation, in front of the house.
‘An extension of this kind in the foreground of the house will have an unacceptable impact on the conservation area and the character of the street.
‘It is quite significantly higher than the car port, as well as being a more solid structure and will be visible from the street. It will be quite imposing on the descent of the road.
‘I am sorry that this is not the outcome that you want but the more we looked at it, the clearer it became that it would be really quite damaging to the conservation area.’
In 2020, Covid-19 restrictions meant Ant and Dec had to present their show Saturday Night Takeaway from home, with the stars coming live from their sofas
Other famous residents who live in the area include Simon Cowell and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell.
McPartlin previously lived in Chiswick in west London with his then-wife Lisa Armstrong, next door to best pal Dec.
But after splitting from Ms Armstrong in 2018, after 23 years of marriage, he moved to Wimbledon.
He is often seen nearby his new borough walking his dogs, including Labrador Hurley, who he shares with his ex.
In 2020 McPartlin gave a rare insight into his home when Covid-19 restrictions meant he and Dec had to present Saturday Night Takeaway from their homes.
McPartlin sat in his colourful living room, which features panelled walls painted in an eggshell blue shade.
It also features a plush blue L-shaped sofa in the centre of the room paired with yellow cushions and mustard throws.
On one wall are a number of canvas prints, with Ant’s Bafta award showcased next to them, with a dark wooden floor and spotlights completing the room.
The living room, kitchen and dining area have a bright open-plan layout.