Lucy Mecklenburgh has lost her battle with neighbours to turn her Essex bungalow into a dream £1.5million home.
Residents in Brentwood were upset by the ex-TOWIE star’s proposal for more roof lights, hip-to-gable extensions and an extension to their front porch.
She had previously been given the go-ahead by planners for a loft conversion and front and rear extensions to the two-bedroom pad which she shares with former Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas, giving her an extra bedroom.
Mecklenburgh paid £525,000 for the pad in February 2015, and it is now believed to be worth £738,000, according to property website Rightmove.
Home: Lucy Mecklenburgh has lost her battle with neighbours to turn her Essex bungalow (pictured) into a £1.5million home. Proposals were to add a first floor front extension and a new front porch
But, several neighbors opposed her plans to expand the property further with two additional bedrooms, a bigger en suite and built-in closets.
One wrote to the council saying that he was against this application for planning. It was an area of bungalows in a small cul de sac when I first moved into it seven years ago.
“I live next to a construction site for six and-a-half-years, but the house across from me is still unfinished and boarded up.
We have seen skip lorries of builders merchants and concrete mixer lorries as well. The result is that the roads are now filled with potholes.
Disaster: She had previously been given the go-ahead by planners for a loft conversion and front and rear extensions to the two-bedroom pad, which she shares with Ryan Thomas (pictured in July 2019)
The council appears not to have had sufficient oversight to see that the works were done in a timely manner to minimize any impact on the road or the surrounding community.
“If we grant this request, then there will be more trucks coming up and down our road.”
Another resident commented that the design and appearance of this home is totally different from other residences, including those built in the past. [the close].
The proposed development would be incompatible with other properties and the surroundings.
Proposals: A couple of neighbors objected her most recent plans to expand the property, adding 2 bedrooms, a wardrobe and larger en suite.
She wanted a new look home that featured a hallway and soaring ceilings.
A master bedroom, two additional bedrooms and a bathroom would be on the first floor. This makes it a 5-bedroom home.
Basildon Council officials rescinded her application for planning, stating that the proposed development would lead to ‘bulky add-ons’ which would not be in keeping with existing buildings, streets, and the character of the neighborhood.
Mecklenburgh appealed against the decision to the Government Planning Inspector, saying that: “It has been acknowledged by the appellant the majority of dwellings in [the close]These bungalows can be converted to apartments. The majority of bungalows offer first-floor accommodation.
The extension is designed so that the existing house’s symmetry will be preserved.
Renovations: Mecklenburgh paid £525,000 for the pad in February 2015, and it is now believed to be worth £738,000, according to property website Rightmove. After Lucy and Ryan renovated the home, this is how it looks now.
It matches the contemporary, modern design of your dwelling.
It is recognized that extension forms are not compatible with bungalows with simpler roof plans.
“However, just cause a design to be out of line does not mean it is causing harm.”
Mecklenburgh appeal was dismissed by Planning Inspector Mark Philpott after he visited her house last month.
He stated that the first floor addition would have a large partly-flat roofed roof and would cover a substantial portion of the house. It would also include windows with irregular shapes to allow for the porch roof.
“Consequently, the extension on the first floor would rest awkwardly above single-storey projections. The porch and front elevation would seem cramped.”
“For these reasons the front extensions would make it appear uncongruent in the Cul-de-Sac.
“The area’s character and appearance would suffer as a consequence.”
MailOnline reached Lucy to get her opinion.
The announcement comes after Lucy posted an Instagram post last month announcing her pregnancy with her 2nd child.
Lucy was wearing white jeans and top as she photographed her child with @ryanthomas84.
Lucy’s fans were quick to express their gratitude underneath this adorable photo.
Scare: Lucy also thought about Roman, her infant son who was taken to the hospital by his mother. Doctors discovered that he had six viruses (Ryan and Roman pictured at hospital).
Meanwhile, Lucy also reflected on her son Roman being rushed to hospital last month, revealing that doctors discovered he was battling ‘six viruses’ after she found him ‘blue in his cot’.
Lucy stated that Roman is now using an inhaler following being diagnosed with a viral-induced wheeze. Roman may have had a compromised immune system due to being kept at home during Covid’s lockdown.
In September, 20-month-old Roman – who Lucy shares with her fiancé Ryan Thomas, 37 – spent nearly a week in intensive care.
Lucy, reflecting on Roman’s traumatizing night, said Lucy that she had checked on Roman during the night because he was suffering with a common cold.
Speaking on the Sweat, Snot & Tears podcast Lucy said: ‘I heard sort of grumbles at 3am and like I think we all do, if they’re not sounding like it’s a big scream and they’re in pain, you think, ‘Oh well they’re just having a little dream.’
After checking the baby monitor, she discovered that it was not feeling right. She said that he moved very slowly and sideways, which made her think, “This does not feel right, I need to visit him.”
Roman was found ‘blue’ in Roman’s cot by her, and was immediately taken to St Mary’s Hospital in London.
The mother discovered that her son had a viral-induced wheeze. She now needs an inhaler every other day.
Lucy shared an image of keys with her Instagram followers back in March. It was captioned, “New house, new project. New memories to be made.”
Ryan currently resides in two UK homes, but he has recently admitted that he’d love to move abroad.
However, he explained that this won’t happen in the immediate future as he doesn’t want Scarlett to be left behind, and she will remain in Manchester, along with Tina O’Brien, his actress mother.
Family: The announcement by Lucy last month about her second pregnancy comes shortly after Ryan, Lucy’s partner, welcomed Roman back in March 2020. Ryan and Lucy welcomed Roman back with them in March 2020. Ryan is the father to Scarlett, 12 years, together with Tina O’Brien.