Yet another footballer has come under attack in Alderley Edge in Cheshire for putting a blot on the picturesque landscape. Residents are infuriated after the Manchester City footballer Joleon Lescott decided to build a huge mansion in place of a bungalow on a plot of land. The mansion will be four storeys and is said to be totally out of keeping in the area.
Neighbours are calling the design of the house a “carbuncle” which will look totally out of place. The £24million defender is not the only footballer to come under fire from residents in the area, many have taken the same route of buying up old properties, razing them to the ground and putting up huge mansions in their place.
The main point of concern is the sheer size of the sprawling mansions and the Georgian style of it. The houses in the area are typical Victorian designs and so the house will stand out from the rest. Alderley Edge is home to many of the Manchester United and Manchester City footballers and so the houses in the area are often over the top footballers Wives style pads and the locals have had enough.
Lescott paid £1.45million just for the plot and is intending on spending millions more to create the huge mansion which is predicted to be worth more than £4million once completed. There will be six bedrooms in the house and at the moment it is in its early stages of construction as the original bungalow had to be demolished first. The new house will be of a high spec with a basement leisure suite. This will include the indoor pool, pool bar, sauna and spa. There will also be a cinema room, gym and a wine cellar.
Edge Association was set up by the disgruntled locals in the area and they aim to protect the village’s heritage. Their members told planning chiefs that they were unhappy with the demolition of the bungalow because it was situated within the Conservation area. Planning consent was granted and the plot was then bought by a developer who submitted the plans for the mansion on the site.
One resident called the proposal brutish in both its size and its design and said that for the last four or five years the locals have had to witness perfectly good homes being torn down to make way for these new homes which creates lots of mess.
Another resident criticised that fact that the new house is based on the Georgian period which will look totally out of character in Alderley Edge which is mostly Victorian. Another resident said that the design shows no architectural value at all but will only dominate with its sheer size and be a “carbuncle on the landscape”.