Kensington House Can Stay Stripy, Says Court

By Holly Brockwell on at

The High Court has decided that a red-and-white "candy cane" house in Kensington can keep its unusual paint scheme, after the humourless local council told the owner to repaint it white.

The house has been that way since 2015, reports the BBC, and the owner's been battling The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea pretty much ever since.

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The council told the owner – who's almost inevitably named Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring – that the stripes were "incongruous" and had to go. But Mr Justice Gilbert overruled them, declaring the decoration "entirely lawful." He went on to say the council was overstepping its mandate in using Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to decide how people can paint their homes.

Take that, nanny state. [BBC]

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