Harry Redknapp tears down £7m Sandbanks home to make way for new Italian-style villa which is still waiting for planning permission

Harry Redknapp tears down £7m Sandbanks home to make way for new Italian-style villa which is still waiting for planning permission

  • Harry Redknapp and his wife Sandra have knocked down the property in Dorset
  • The council is yet to decide if they can build the three-storey replacement  

Former football manager Harry Redknapp has demolished a £7 million home to make way for a villa – even though he is still waiting for planning permission.

Redknapp and wife Sandra, both 76, are so keen to start on their Italian-style villa that bulldozers have already knocked down the house on their waterfront plot in ultra-exclusive Sandbanks, Dorset.

Yet the local council has still to decide whether the couple can build the three-storey, five-bedroom replacement.

The Redknapps’ plans have attracted some criticism in the millionaires’ playground near Poole Harbour. Their mansion will be too overbearing, will invade their privacy and block out daylight, it is claimed. The Sandbanks Neighbourhood Forum has also objected, warning of a ‘detrimental effect’ on the Sandbanks conservation area.

The group fears it will be so close to the neighbouring house, they will look like one massive property from the road or sea. The National Trust has also warned that the development will be seen from Brownsea Island in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A planning adviser said the setting was highly vulnerable to ‘alien architectural styles’ on an ‘otherwise undeveloped horizon’.

There is no suggestion of wrongdoing on the Redknapps’ part, as the previous owner already had planning consent to demolish the old house and build a new property to a different specification.

Redknapp and wife Sandra, both 76, are so keen to start on their Italian-style villa that bulldozers have already knocked down the house on their waterfront plot in ultra-exclusive Sandbanks, Dorset

The couple have knocked down the property already but the local council has still to decide whether the couple can build the three-storey, five-bedroom replacement

The couple have knocked down the property already but the local council has still to decide whether the couple can build the three-storey, five-bedroom replacement

The Redknapps' plans have attracted some criticism in the millionaires' playground near Poole Harbour

The Redknapps’ plans have attracted some criticism in the millionaires’ playground near Poole Harbour

Their planned white-rendered villa echoes properties around Lake Como in Italy. It will have four balconies, a grand entrance hall, an open-plan living/kitchen/dining room, two receptions, a study and five ensuite bedrooms

Their planned white-rendered villa echoes properties around Lake Como in Italy. It will have four balconies, a grand entrance hall, an open-plan living/kitchen/dining room, two receptions, a study and five ensuite bedrooms

The couple say that if they cannot secure permission for their villa, they will build the house that had already been approved

The couple say that if they cannot secure permission for their villa, they will build the house that had already been approved

And the couple say that if they cannot secure permission for their villa, they will build the house that had already been approved.

The former Portsmouth and Southampton boss and his wife spent £7 million on a 1960s house on the Sandbanks peninsula earlier this year. They have spent two years living in a leafy inland suburb of Poole but it is thought they missed a sea view, so bought the waterfront property.

Their planned white-rendered villa echoes properties around Lake Como in Italy. It will have four balconies, a grand entrance hall, an open-plan living/kitchen/dining room, two receptions, a study and five ensuite bedrooms.

The double garage will have room for a gym and there will also be a new boat house and a jetty with access to Poole Harbour.

But neighbour Alison Wheeler said: ‘The proposed building is overpowering. I fear it would feel oppressive. The quiet enjoyment of our garden would be seriously impacted by the windows in the new south-west wing. The addition of several ground and first-floor windows… would have a major impact on our privacy.

‘It would create shadow in the morning and significantly reduce the light on the south-eastern aspect of our house.’ Another resident Nicola Bailey added: ‘The proposed development… does not seem to respect the ‘spacing between plots’.’

Chris Shipperley, of ARC Architects, acting for the Redknapps, said the couple had already revised the plans to appease locals, including lowering the property’s height and making it narrower.

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