Jools Holland could have to tear down medieval-style wall in his garden… because he didn’t get planning permission
TV and music star Jools Holland could be forced to pull down a huge medieval-style wall in his garden – because he FORGOT to get planning permission for it.
The unique wall – complete with battlements and a raised flowerbed in the shape of the Union Jack – was constructed in the grounds of his country mansion in Kent.
Later presenter Mr Holland has even included a “parvis” in the wall – a type of medieval room designed for quiet reflection.
But the architect chosen by Mr Holland, 58, did not think planning permission was necessary for the wall, which sits next to the star’s swimming pool.
Mr Holland has now submitted a retrospective application to Medway Council, boasting of the wall’s “high standard of construction” and use of local stone.
But if permission is refused, Mr Holland could be forced to tear down the impressive structure.
The application reads: “The new wall and planters create a cohesive and attractive garden area viewable from the main house and the adjacent swimming pool and annex.
“Care has been taken to maintain the high standard of construction and detailing used elsewhere.
“The wall itself has been constructed to match identically those already around the swimming pool, using natural local stone laid in lime mortar.”
The description of the wall reads: “At the west end of the wall, a set of steps leads up to a small room sitting over a gateway that leads to the northern end of the garden.
“This room has no practical use but has been built as a visual feature using historic references.
“As far as we have been able to establish, we think that such a structure is known as a Parvis.”
Mr Holland is a well-known figure in his village of Cooling, Kent, using its church for his 2005 wedding to long-term girlfriend Christabel McEwen.
Since he has owned the 18th-Century manor house, Mr Holland has added a music room, an annex and an entrance hall, as well as a large swimming pool.
A Medway Council spokesman said: “The works that were carried out were undertaken by the owner on the assumption that planning permission was not required.
“He was subsequently advised that this was not correct and submitted a planning application.”
So far no neighbours have objected to the plans.
Mr Holland’s planning agent, architect Julian Bluck, declined to comment.