Woman's pink London house doesn't go down too well

Pensioner has called it a 'storm in a pink teacup'

Woman's pink house doesn't go down too well with the neighbours

A pensioner is facing a planning wrangle after she upset a neighbour by painting her house pink.

Su Rose, of Belsize Park in Camden, north west London, claims she first painted her upmarket town house light pink in 1991 after moving into the street in 1975.

But after she changed to a 'sombre, earthy and mature' dark pink when she repainted her home last year, the retired 70-year-old has unintentionally flouted planning rules because she lives in a conservation area.

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And when Su received one letter of objection, she was forced to apply for retrospective planning permission in what she has dubbed a 'storm in a pink teacup'.

If the planning permission is denied then Su faces the costly prospect of having to repaint the property.

Su said: "Pink is not even my favourite colour, I prefer blue, but I had about five minutes to pick what colour I wanted my house and I walked down the street for inspiration and thought pink would fit nicely.

"And a lot of people say that it's a very nice colour and makes the building stand out but I live inside the house, not outside so I am not particularly bothered what colour it is.

"But I'm not an ignorant person and I am very aware of the conservation area and when I have done work on the house in the past, I am have been very careful not to affect the original mouldings.

"If I have to repaint the building then that is very costly and I am not a cash rich person despite living here as I have been here since 1975."

Su now faces an anxious wait to see if the retrospective planning application she lodged with Camden Council at the end of April is ruled in her favour.

And she admits that the wrangle, which has rumbled on since she first received notice of the complaint on October 27 last year, has affected her – especially as she is no closer to finding out who made the initial complaint.

Su said: "The planning issue has been a hassle to be honest. I wish that the person who made a complaint would make themselves known to me.

"It has made me quite paranoid because I don't know if someone has a grudge against me - the whole thing has been like a storm in a pink teacup I suppose.

"It is not like it is a garish colour at all and the shade of pink that is on the house now is really sombre, earthy and mature.

"I think it is very subtle and fits well with the area but I understand that people have different views on things.

"But most of my neighbours have been very supportive and quite charming about it and many said that they would write letters in support, which they have gone on to do.

"In fact, I've even met people in the street that I never knew before so it hasn't all been bad."

Camden Council's planning department were due to make a decision on the alterations to the property late last month at the earliest.

Councillor Phil Jones, cabinet Member for regeneration, transport and planning at Camden Council, said: "Planning permission is not normally required to paint your property.

"However, in this case the property is located in the Belsize Park conservation area, where this development right has been removed.

"This matter was brought to the Council's attention and an enforcement investigation was opened.

"A retrospective planning application has since been submitted to retain the pink colour which is currently being considered.

"We received seven letters of support for the works and one objection during consultation."

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