That crazy striped townhouse in Kensington can stay, High Court rules

Helen Cahill
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The garish colour scheme was opposed by the council (Source: Getty)

A woman who painted her Kensington property with red and white stripes has fought off an attempt to force her to repaint her house.

Property developer Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring painted the front of her terrace house in South End, Kensington, in March 2015, and has denied that the decoration was done to irk neighbours after they objected to her demolishing the property.

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Now, after a judicial review, a judge at the High Court in London has ruled that the candy-striped house is "entirely lawful", the Press Association reported.

Lisle-Mainwaring was issued with a notice under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 by the borough council of Kensington and Chelsea.

The dispute over the house started in 2015 (Source: Getty)

The notice required her to paint the front of her house white, saying that the property's stripes made it "incongruous with the streetscape of South End and the local area".

Lisle-Mainwaring appealed the notice at both the magistrates and crown courts, but failed to win favour for her eccentric design, after which she took the case to the High Court for a judicial review.

The notice was served under section 215 of the 1990 act. On Monday, Mr Justice Gilbart ruled that section 215 of the act could not be used by a planning authority to complain on matters of aesthetics.

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