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Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn in planning dispute with neighbour over cottage extension near Coldham Hall

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer and her film director husband Matthew Vaughn are embroiled in a planning dispute with a neighbour who wants to extend her property near their country estate.

The celebrity couple, who own Coldham Hall in Stanningfield, say they would be ‘adversely impacted’ by the proposals and have lodged an objection with West Suffolk Council.

Hanne Pilo wants to demolish a ‘dilapidated' outbuilding and modern single storey extension at Coldham Hall Cottage to build two-storey extensions to the side and back as well as a cartlodge and outbuilding.


In a letter to West Suffolk Council, Roger Hepher, director of hgh Consulting and Town Legal, representing Schiffer and Vaughn, said: “Our clients’ properties are located on the boundary of the application property and would be directly and adversely impacted by the proposals.”

Citing a heritage assessment they commissioned, Mr Hepher said: “Coldham Hall Cottage has a clear presence within the settings of ... three identified heritage assets (Coldham Hall Farmhouse, the Grade II listed stables and the Grade II listed outbuilding with clocktower).

“The large overtly residential extension would be detrimental to the settings of the heritage assets, and the proposed garage and store would add ... substantial built form to the seemingly rural character of the farmstead.”

He added: “The property is quite visible from the surrounding area, and - especially because many of the house walls would be cream painted render - it would be incongruous and not absorbed by the landscape.”

Mr Hepher noted that the removal of a large sycamore tree would ‘harm the group value possessed by the several trees in the vicinity, and the biodiversity value that it and they also possess’.

A design and access statement said the proposal will ‘improve the appearance of the cottage and provide the accommodation the owners require, whilst maintaining the scale and character of the dwelling’.

It added: “The alterations to the cottage have been kept to a minimum with much of the original fabric unchanged. The new extension will be constructed using traditional materials with vernacular design.”