Kensington’s ‘candy-cane’ townhouse can stay stripy, rules High Court

RBKC slammed for 'improper use of Section 215'

After two years of legal wrangling and copious column inches, the High Court has ruled that some red stripes can stay on a house in Kensington.

Property developer Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring’s house on South End has become one of the most famous in the borough after the striking paint job appeared in 2015.

The council was not impressed, however, and served up a notice under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to repaint it white or else, slamming the new look as “incongruous with the local area”.

Lisle-Mainwaring, 71, didn’t back down and went on to launch a judicial review at the High Court after a couple of appeals were turned down in 2016.

This time it was one in the eye for RBKC’s planning enforcement team, with Mr Justice Gilbart ruling: “In my judgment, to allow a local planning authority (LPA) to use section 215 to deal with questions of aesthetics, as opposed to disrepair or dilapidation, falls outside the intention and spirit of the Planning Code. I am therefore of the view that it is an to use it to alter a lawful painting scheme.”

Photo credit: Stephen Richards (CC-BY-SA-2.0)