Pregnant star Lucy Mecklenburgh has sadly lost her battle with her neighbours to turn her Essex bungalow into the £1.5million home she has always dreamed of.
The former TOWIE star, 30, was hoping to completely transform the bungalow into her dream family home with fiancé Ryan Thomas, one-year-old son Roman, and her unborn baby – but unfortunately her plans have been turned down.
The reality TV star had hopes of building a roof extension with roof lights, a first floor front extension and a new front porch in a bid to completely makeover the bungalow, but a number of Lucy’s neighbours objected to her latest proposals.
Lucy wanted to further extend the property with two more bedrooms, a built-in wardrobe and a bigger en-suite.
She had previously been given the go-ahead by planners for a loft conversion and front and rear extensions to the two-bedroom home after she forked out £525,000 for the pad in February 2015.
Over six years later, the Essex property is now believed to be worth £738,000, according to property website Rightmove – but Lucy is unable to extend further, according to Mail Online.
In a letter to the local council, one of Lucy’s neighbours objected to the reality TV star’s property extension plans.
“I am totally opposed to this planning application. When I moved in seven years ago, it was a cul-de-sac of bungalows,” the Brentwood resident penned.
“I have been living next to a building site for six-and-a-half years and the house next door is still boarded up and not finished.
“We have had builders merchants’ lorries, skip lorries, concrete mixer lorries and many more. As a result, the road is now full of potholes. There appears to have been no council oversight of the works to ensure completion in an acceptable timeframe to help minimise the impact to both the road and the community within it.
“If this application is granted, we will once again suffer the inconvenience of more lorries coming up and down the road.”
Elsewhere, another neighbour insisted that Lucy’s proposed development is ‘not in keeping with the surrounding area and other properties’.
Lucy and Ryan’s proposed new home would have large hallway, a ground floor kitchen, dining area, family seating area, study and two bedrooms – with the first floor having a master bedroom and two more bedrooms – making it a five-bedroom house.
However, Basildon Council denied the planning application, saying the development would result in ‘bulky additions’ and would be out of keeping with the existing building, street scene and character of the area, according to Mail Online.
After being denied planning, the pregnant star contacted a Government planning inspector against the council’s decision.
In response, Lucy insisted the proposed extension ‘has been specifically designed to ensure that it respects the symmetrical design of the existing dwelling’.
The star’s letter also acknowledged that the ‘form of extension is out of keeping with other bungalows, which are in the most provided with simple higher ridged roof plans’.
Despite this, planning inspector Mark Philpott dismissed Lucy’s appeal after visiting her home last month, stating that ‘the character and appearance of the area would be harmed as a result’ of her plans.
The Mirror has contacted Lucy’s representatives for comment on this story.