Kate Winslet's home for sale after planning dispute


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Kate Winslet has apparently put her 15th century house in the South Downs on the market - just a year after buying it. She had plans for the £2.3 million property to be a peaceful retreat, but that was before she hit planning problems with the local parish council.

And she's not the first celebrity to have had issues over planning.

The house is not publicly for sale, but the Telegraph is claiming that it has gone on the market privately - while the family stay in a home around 10 miles away.

When Winslet bought the property, the Argus reported that it was a country house in 5.72 acres of land, in a peaceful hamlet. According to the Telegraph, Winslet wanted to secure her peace, by putting a wicker fence around the garden and installing 6ft 6in gates.

Unfortunately the local council felt that it wasn't in keeping with the area and refused.

Celebrity planning rows

It's not known whether the decision to move has anything to do with the planning issue. But she isn't the first celebrity to have disagreed with the planners.

Bear Grylls hit a snag last August, over a slide pinned to the cliff face of an island he owns off the coast of North Wales. Local councillors were worried about health and safety, and about fixing anything to the cliff without permission. In September he removed it - saying that it had never been intended as a permanent fixture - and councillors said they would speak to him before he put it back this summer.

A year earlier it was the turn of Colin Firth, who was denied permission to install a solar panel on his listed property in Chiswick, London. Officials apparently through the environmental benefits would be outweighed by the detrimental visual impact.

The same year, Noel Edmunds was forced to flatten a hill he had built in his garden. The hill was created when Edmonds dug a lake in his garden, and he decided to plant it with trees and wildlife and create an area for wildlife at the bottom of the garden. Planners forced him to level it after claiming it was too high.

A year earlier, Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour ran into difficulties over yellow beach hut in his drive in Hove, which the family used for storing bikes. The council initially said it would have to be demolished, but agreed to let it stay after Gilmour agreed to make it lower.

And in 2002 Stella McCartney famously hit a planning snag after installing a roof terrace at her Notting Hill home. She had permission for a simple terrace, but neighbours apparently complained when she built a more bulky structure - including a shower. After unsuccessfully appealing the decision, she was forced to take it down.