Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has shelved plans to build a 160sq ft shed in his back garden after the application sparked complaints from furious neighbours.
The actor, 41, was seeking permission to build the shed behind his £2.7million three-storey home to house bike storage, an art studio and a play room for his two young sons.
would be for other purposes that could both increase the activity and noise at the end of their garden.'Another objector said: 'To call this a shed is a blatant attempt to hoodwink our planning officers and neighbours to the true scale of this building.' A third added: 'We are concerned about the likelihood of overshadowing and loss of light in the mews, particularly as the plans for the shed indicate that it would go significantly higher than the boundary wall.'We very much treat the street as a communal front garden - as do other residents: neighbours have a drink together if the weather's nice, and we sometimes pull tables out and eat together.'This would be all significantly impeded if a large new structure were to change the light, visual amenity and overall character of the street - which we believe would be the case were this application to be successful.'Planners at Camden Council were due to make a decision on the shed next month but Cumberbatch has now withdrawn the application.
She wrote: 'This is clearly a garden room with the potential for a variety of uses.
It is clear that the purpose of this room is some sort of party, music, hobby or office space.'The likely use by the applicant....
But he withdrew the application after he received a number of objections from residents of his north London neighbourhood, who complained he was trying to 'hoodwink' the council by describing the sizable building as a 'shed'.
One resident objected: 'This is not a shed - this is a large four metre structure which is tantamount to a flagrant attempt at encroachment.
This is a cynical application and if more space is required by this family I suggest they purchase a bigger house.'Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Turner bought the three-storey, five-bedroom Victorian mansion in Camden, in April 2015 but have yet to move in due to ongoing works.
Most recently he sought permission to add a second building to the property.
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