Dave Gilmour, Pink Floyd guitarist, angers locals with property plans

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Dave Gilmour is planning to turn a 122-year-old Victorian bathhouse on the Esplanade in Hove into a modern mansion. The locals are apparently outraged.

According to the Sun, the 70-year old rock guitarist and his author wife, Polly Samson, bought historic Medina House last year for £1 million. They plan to transform the building into a mansion for them and their eight children.

Medina House

Protestors are concerned that changes will go too far, and the couple will be allowed to tear down a large proportion of the building. They have expressed themselves through the medium of one of Pink Floyd's most famous songs, posting a note on a nearby wall that reads:

We don't need no demolition
We don't need no thoughtless plans
No tall dark shadows across out windows
Leave Medina House alone
Hey Gilmour! Leave our 'hood alone!
All in all it's just another betrayal of us all
To you it's just another brick in the wall

The Daily Telegraph says the transformation may not be as drastic as locals fear, as they want to keep the form and facade of the original building, and a number of features from inside.

The building had been occupied by squatters between 1999 and 2006. It was then left empty, and damaged by two separate fires in 2013 and 2014. The owner at the time had submitted a series of planning applications - all of which were rejected.

When the couple first bought the property, they originally intended to restore the building entirely, and they were only forced to change their plans because it had got into such a poor a state that it wasn't possible. They are therefore at least preserving some of it for future generations.


It seems something of a common path that as music stars get older (and wealthier), they move from upsetting the neighbours with parties, to upsetting them with their property plans.

In 2004 Coldplay's Chris Martin and his then-wife Gwyneth Paltrow bought two houses next to each other in order to knock them through into one super home. They also bought a flat next door, and planned to erect a huge security fence. The neighbours complained to the press about the disruption, and said they would issue a formal objection to the imposing fence.

Sir Bob Geldof has also been embroiled in a debate over planning with a neighbour. She apparently wanted to re-open an old opening in a wall which runs around Geldof's estate and finishes up against the wall of her house. She wanted to install a gate to give her better access to her garden, but he argued it was a security risk.

Ozzy Osbourne had objections from neighbours of a different kind. In 2014 he was told he would have to halt plans to convert a barn on his Buckinghamshire estate, because there was evidence that bats and owls were living there.

Robbie Williams also managed a twist on the pattern, by moving into Holland Park, and submitting plans for renovations that elicited objections from a fellow rocker - his neighbour Jimmy Paige. He has since submitted an enormous number of planning applications, and renovations are ongoing.

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Gerard and Christina White from Moseley in Birmingham hit the headlines in September last year, when their neighbour ignored his planning permission, and built so close to their house that they said it effectively turned their detached property into a semi-detached one.

Despite the fact it left them unable to maintain the side of their property, the council washed their hands of the case, and said the couple would have to take private legal action if they wanted the extension to be pulled down.

Helen Coughlan, a 52-year-old carer from Woodford Bridge in north east London, was stunned when her neighbours built an extension just 24 inches from her window - completely obscuring her view.

Despite the fact she says it took £100,000 off the value of the home, and rendered it unsellable, the council said it could do nothing to force the demolition of the new extension.

In 2013, a row that had been rumbling for 17 years finally came to court. One of the neighbours had planted eight conifer trees in his front garden, and ignored repeated requests to cut them back to allow natural light into his neighbour’s home.

He was eventually forced to by a court - after the trees had caused a crack to appear in his neighbour’s wall.

Wendy and Paul Collins from Brownhills in the West Midlands watched in horror as their neighbours erected a six foot fence at the bottom of their front garden, blocking their front gate and leaving their car stranded on their front lawn.

Their home faces onto a car park serving a block of flats, and the owners of the flats erected the fence to stop the couple driving through the car park in order to park on their front lawn. The couple can still access their house through the back - and have a drive round the other side of the house - unfortunately their car is stuck on the lawn.

A Michigan man who had been through a bitter divorce, decided to get his revenge on his ex-wife by moving in next door.

As soon as he had moved in, he erected a 12 foot statue in the front garden, of a hand giving the finger. The statue is even lit up at night.

In May last year, Steven and Fiona Young from Blawith were ordered to pay their neighbours, Peter and Lesley Raymond, £600,000, after a campaign of harassment.

The Youngs had lived in a large farmhouse, but decades earlier sold up and moved to a smaller property next door. The Raymonds moved into the farmhouse and the Youngs became nightmare neighbours.

They piled rubbish in the garden, damaged fences, let animals foul their garden, and rode quad bikes over the grounds. When the Raymonds installed CCTV, Mr Young mooned them, and then painted over them.

The Raymonds sued for harassment, trespass, nuisance, assault and slander - and were awarded £200,000. The Youngs also had to pay £400,000 costs.


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