Harry Potter star Rupert Grint wins barn planning battle with neighbors

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Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has won in his battle with his neighbors to turn part of his estate into three eco-friendly family homes.

The 33-year-old rose to prominence as Ron Weasley when he was just 11 and amassed a fortune of £ 40million working on the eight films adapted from JK Rowling’s books.

He has since used his wealth to start a sprawling multi-million pound real estate business and devised plans to transform a former domestic storage barn in the grounds of his 18th century manor house in Hertfordshire into three separate three-bedroom houses .

The actor, who starred in the Apple TV drama Servant, grew up in the nearby town of Watton-at-Stone and bought the luxurious property for £ 5.4million in 2009.

The old rectory has six bedrooms and a private cinema and is located in a 22 hectare park including an indoor leisure center with swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym, cinema and games room with a second outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, a staff apartment and two cabins.

Grint tried to sell the pad for £ 6million last year but failed to find a buyer and therefore decided to turn the barn into residential homes.

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, 33, has won in his battle with his neighbors to turn a barn on his Hertfordshire estate into three eco-friendly family homes

Grint used his wealth to start a sprawling multi-million pound real estate business and discussed plans to transform a former domestic storage barn in the grounds of his 18th century manor house in Hertfordshire into three separate three-bedroom houses.

Grint used his wealth to start a sprawling multi-million pound real estate business and discussed plans to transform a former domestic storage barn in the grounds of his 18th century manor house in Hertfordshire into three separate three-bedroom houses.

The star has faced furious opposition from residents and the Wildlife Trust to conversion plans

The star has faced furious opposition from residents and the Wildlife Trust to conversion plans

He initially applied to the local council for six units, but withdrew his request after the council deemed it too large and then submitted amended plans for only three.

But the star still has failed to bewitch her neighbors and the local Wildlife Trust.

In a letter of opposition, neighbor Tim James wrote: “I oppose this development because of the impact on the local road network.

“Often in the pre-Covid era, this resulted in severe traffic jams in the morning, as there was simply no room to pass trucks and buses crossing in the opposite direction.”

He added: “The proposed entry and exit for garbage trucks in this development will further exacerbate this problem.”

Middlesex Wildlife Trust also opposed the plans due to a lack of in-depth ecological research to see if bats – a protected species – were roosting in the barn.

Middlesex Wildlife Trust also opposed the plans due to a lack of extensive ecological research to see if bats - a protected species - were roosting in the barn

Middlesex Wildlife Trust also opposed the plans due to a lack of extensive ecological research to see if bats – a protected species – were roosting in the barn

North Hertfordshire Council planners have now given the green light for development, even though the proposed site is in a designated conservation area and on green belt land.

North Hertfordshire Council planners have now given the green light for development, even though the proposed site is in a designated conservation area and on green belt land.

The 33-year-old rose to prominence as Ron Weasley when he was just 11 and amassed a fortune of £ 40million working on the eight films adapted from JK Rowling's books.

The 33-year-old rose to prominence as Ron Weasley when he was just 11 and amassed a fortune of £ 40million working on the eight films adapted from JK Rowling’s books.

But in a letter of support, another neighbor wrote: “Reusing the existing structure itself is a very important carbon saving and should not be overlooked when considering the carbon footprint and therefore the input energy, an often forgotten part of the energy equation. ‘

North Hertfordshire Council planners have now given the green light for development, even though the proposed site is in a designated conservation area and on green belt land.

“Changing the use of the existing storage barn to three three-bedroom units would not result in any increase in the exterior scale of the building.

“It is therefore considered that the development would not be an inappropriate development in the green belt as the development would not result in disproportionate additions beyond the size of the existing building.

“The principle of development of this place is therefore considered acceptable.”

In a design statement, Grint's planning agent said:

In a design statement, Grint’s planning officer said: “The sustainability of the proposed project credentials will result in the efficient management of new homes with little impact on the land and minimal household bills for future ones. occupants “

Grint's real estate empire is now worth £ 24million as he has bought and sold a range of homes in the suburban Hertfordshire belt

Grint’s real estate empire is now worth £ 24million as he has bought and sold a range of homes in the suburban Hertfordshire belt

The three-bedroom homes will have a ‘spacious’ open-plan living and dining area, each of the bedrooms will have an en-suite bathroom, and each home will have its own private garden.

Owners will be able to use part of the Grint Estate as their own private space and there will be a new pedestrian link to Kimpton Village.

Aerothermal heat pumps will be used for heating and hot water with low consumption lighting and the recovery of rainwater from an underground tank for flushing toilets, watering gardens and car washing.

There will also be a “flat green roof” made up of plants which will promote the nesting of wildlife.

In a design statement, Grint’s planning officer said: “The sustainability of the proposed project credentials will result in the efficient management of new homes with little impact on the land and minimal household bills for future ones. occupants. “

Grint certainly seems to have the magic touch when it comes to his real estate empire as he recently put three houses on the market for £ 2million – which were modeled on the Dursleys’ Privet Drive house in Harry Potter.

His real estate empire is now worth £ 24million, as he bought and sold a range of homes in the suburban Hertfordshire belt.

According to the latest figures, Grint has made a profit of £ 3million in the past year from his company Clay 10 Ltd, which is worth £ 20.3million.


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