THE FORMER wife of Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich is renewing her efforts to rebuild her home on her £18m Rogate estate.
The property at Goldring Farm, Harting Combe Road, Rogate, is part of the 1,500-acre estate which was bought by the Russian billionaire in 2000.
The application therefore proposes the erection of a replacement dwelling which has been designed to complement the character and appearance of dwellings in the area
It was awarded to his wife Irina when the couple split up in 2007 in a divorce settlement said to be in the region of £150m.
Last year she submitted a planning application to the South Downs National Park Authority to demolish and replace the farm house and make alterations to the site’s neighbouring outbuildings.
The plan with its imposing tower-style features at either end did not find favour with neighbours.
One nearby neighbour Joanna James objected on the grounds the estate was part of ‘English heritage’ exuding ‘charm and character of the quintessential English countryside.’
She said the plans were not in keeping with the idyllic surroundings.
Agents acting for Mrs Abramovich later withdrew the planning application and have now submitted a revised version.
The new plans are for a replacement house and alterations and the erection of a link extension between two outbuildings.
The new house would have 64 per cent more floor space and a footprint of some 250sqm providing 475sqm of accommodation over two floors compared with a 150sqm footprint currently giving 290sqm of accommodation.
Acting for Mrs Abramovich, her planning agents said: “The existing dwelling is no longer fit for purpose with very low ceiling heights, no insulation on the ground floor, rising damp and poor internal light levels.
“The application therefore proposes the erection of a replacement dwelling which has been designed to complement the character and appearance of dwellings in the area.”
They say the revised plans are a ‘significant revision’ to the earlier application which was withdrawn last year.
“The architects have undertaken extensive pre-application consultations with the local planning authority in order to arrive at a design and size that should be acceptable to officers.”
They say the architects have now taken a ‘traditional approach’ to the design that reflects architectural style prevalent in the area.