Lucy Mecklenburgh loses battle to transform Essex bungalow into £1.5million dream home

Lucy Meckelnburgh's reported plans to transform her Essex bungalow into a £1.5million home have been dashed, it has been claimed.

Former The Only Way Is Essex star Lucy, 30, had said to be recently attempting to appeal the rejection of her plans after neighbours complained against the proposal to transform her home.

Lucy's reported proposed plans for a hip-to-gable roof extension, more roof lights, a first floor front extension and a new front porch sparked a row with residents in the Brentwood cul-de-sac.

Pregnant star Lucy and her former Coronation Street actor beau Ryan Thomas had originally had plans for a loft conversation and rear and front extensions accepted.

But, it's understood some neighbours had objected to her latest proposals to further extend the property with two more bedrooms, a built-in wardrobe and a bigger en-suite bathroom.

One neighbour reportedly wrote a letter to the council, which according to Mail Online, read: "I am totally opposed to this planning application. When I moved in seven years ago, it was a cul-de-sac of bungalows.

"I have been living next to a building site for six-and-a-half years and the house next door is still boarded up and not finished.

"We have had builders merchants' lorries, skip lorries, concrete mixer lorries and many more. As a result, the road is now full of potholes."

"There appears to have been no council oversight of the works to ensure completion in an acceptable timeframe to help minimise the impact to both the road and the community within it.

"If this application is granted, we will once again suffer the inconvenience of more lorries coming up and down the road."

While a second letter from another resident read: "The design and appearance is completely different to other dwellings including previous developments in.

"This proposed development is not in keeping with the surrounding area and other properties."

The reported proposals for the new development featured a hallway, ground floor kitchen, dining area, family seating area, study and two bedrooms.

While the first floor consisted of a master bedroom and two more bedrooms, making it a five-bedroom house.

Following the letters from neighbours, it's understood officials at Basildon Council threw out her planning application and said the development would result in "bulky additions" and would not been in keeping with the rest fo the building, street scene and character of the area.

Lucy is understood to have appealed to a Government planning inspector. In documents seen by Mail Online, her appeal reads: "It is acknowledged by the appellant that the majority of the dwellings in [the close] are bungalows. However, the majority do provide first floor accommodation.

"The proposed extension has been specifically designed to ensure that it respects the symmetrical design of the existing dwelling.

"It matches with the modern contemporary character of the dwelling and is the most practically and design-sensitive solution to achieve first floor space without causing significant material harm.

"It is acknowledged that the form of extension is out of keeping with other bungalows, which are in the most provided with simple higher ridged roof plans.

"However, just because a design is not in keeping does not automatically result in it causing harm."

But, planning inspector Mark Philpoot is understood to have dismissed Lucy's appeal after visiting her home last month.

OK! has contacted Lucy's representatives for comment.

In the report, the planning inspector said: "The first floor extension would be a relatively large, partly flat roofed addition that would span across a significant proportion of the dwelling and have irregularly shaped windows to accommodate the porch roof.

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"Consequently, the first floor extension would sit awkwardly above the single storey projections and the porch and the resulting front elevation would appear cramped.

"For these reasons, the front extensions would make the dwelling appear incongruent in the cul-de-sac.

"The character and appearance of the area would be harmed as a result."

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