Jimmy Page Claims Victory in Neighborhood Dispute
Page asserted in a letter to the local city council that Williams’ massive renovation could cause dangerous vibrations that might damage Page’s nearby residence, known as the Tower House. Williams has now withdrawn his renovation plans, according to the Daily Mail.
Just how big were those plans? Williams, who purchased the Woodland House from film director and food critic Michael Winner in 2013, wanted to build a new two-story subterranean extension beneath the 46-room Victorian mansion. It was to measure 3,600 square feet.
In Page’s letter, he said “similar schemes have been carried out on other properties in the area locally — and each time the level of vibration cause during the works has caused concern about the effect on decorative finished in the Tower House. The work now proposed to Woodland House is much nearer than other major excavations carried out so far, and the consequences for the building fabric and decorative finished of the Tower House may well be catastrophic if this project is allowed to proceed.”
Page also hired two architectural experts who bolstered the opinion that Tower House is too historically important to risk nearby development.
The guitarist’s home has already been granted a Grade I listing by the U.K.’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport — meaning it’s recognized as a structure “of exceptional interest.” Page lived there since the height of his former band Led Zeppelin‘s fame, back in 1972.
Even as this dust-up with Williams unfolded, Page completed an expansion of his own, as he oversaw a deluxe reissue of Zeppelin’s ‘Physical Grafitti’ last month that included a bonus disc of material.
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