Kate Winslet plans to build a sea wall to protect her home
Kate Winslet wants to build a sea wall to protect her home from erosion.
The 42-year-old actress first submitted plans to put a barrier up around her £4.1 million West Sussex house in 2015 because she feared her property would be damaged by the ocean, and it has been reported by the Mail Online the star has now submitted revised plans, which has seen her request for a 500 foot timber wall to be erected around the Grade II building.
But Kate’s new plea has sparked feuds with environmentalists who believe if the ‘Titanic’ movie legend’s plan goes ahead it will ruin the habitat of the surrounding wildlife.
However Kate - who lives in the luxurious home with her husband Ned Rocknroll and her three children Mia, 17, Joe, 13, and three-year-old son Bear - thinks other forms of protecting her property would be “less sympathetic”, and she believes her suggestion would be in keeping with the nearby area that is “characterised by a wooded oak shoreline”.
Kate’s planning agent, John Blamire, said: “This method of construction has been proposed because the structure fits the required scale to lie between the designated mean high water mark and bottom of the earth bank without encroaching.
“Other forms of sea defence would be in our opinion less sympathetic than the use of the proposed weathered oak boards, as the area is characterised by a wooded oak shoreline and natural foreshore.”
And Blamire believes the plan will not only benefit Kate, but also the locals who will be able to use the protected footpath.
He explained: “Although the primary function of the proposed works is to provide a new sea defence structure to the homeowner, this project will secure the future maintenance and use of a well-used public footpath along the edge of [the harbour].
“The scheme will therefore provide a high level of public amenity value.
“Unless required, it is considered unnecessary to undertake an ecological assessment of the foreshore habitats and mudflat areas where there will be no environmental impact resulting from the proposed works.”
However, the local council’s environment officer wants a full ecological assessment to be carried out because Kate’s home lies between the Solent Special Protection Area, a Special Area of Conservation, as well as the Ramsar Site of Special Scientific Interest.
If the council agree to Kate’s plan, which is believed to be given by December 14, then work will begin in April next year.
However, the ‘The Reader’ star is not the only celebrity to live in the area and be at risk of having their home eroded by the waves as The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and actor Nicholas Lyndhurst reside in the area too.