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Boris Johnson faces probe over building work as neighbours complain about ‘loud noises’

Islington Council is looking at whether an enforcement case should be opened against Mr Johnson

15 March, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Boris Johnson 

IT has been a stressful few weeks for MPs, none of whom seem too clear what will happen next: a divorce from Europe, a second referendum, a general election, maybe a Tory leadership contest.

But while the nation watches and waits to see whether Brexit will ever come to pass, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has a bit of what he might call bureaucracy closer to home to deal with first.

The Tribune can reveal that Islington Council is looking at whether an enforcement case should be opened against Mr Johnson, the Brexit-backing former Mayor of London, after work began on his property near Angel.

Scaffolding on Boris Johnson’s Angel home 

Passers-by and neighbors have been unable to miss the scaffolding around the building, bought for £2.3million with his now-estranged wife Marina Wheeler.

The council has not received a planning application for work at the house and confirmed last night (Thursday) that it was looking into what was being done. From the street, workers can be heard in the roof area.

One neighbour said: “I’ve been away for a few days and I hadn’t noticed the work until it woke me up one morning. There was just a lot of loud noises.”

It is understood a Town Hall planning officer visited the site earlier this week for an inspection.

Mr Johnson bought the property in 2009 and once remarked in a debate on the future of London how he regularly received his copy of the Islington Tribune through the door, claiming that the paper regularly “denounced” his decisions as mayor.

Since leaving City Hall, he has held a parliamentary seat in Uxbridge.


While serving as foreign secretary, he also lived in a grace-and-favour home in central London.

He quit the front bench amid damning criticism from him of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy.

His marriage came to an end when he split with Ms Wheeler at the end of last year. Despite his rollercoaster career, some pundits have not ruled out the idea that No10 Downing Street could one day be his address.

Planning permission is not always required for alterations to roofs as long they are not higher than the tallest part of the existing building.

An Islington Council spokeswoman said: “The team will investigate and open an enforcement case if necessary,” but added: “This may not require any case or further action.”

The Tribune approached Mr Johnson for a comment but did not receive one.

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