Robbie Williams 'gets go-ahead for basement swimming pool'

Reports that a row between Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and his neighbour, singer Robbie Williams, over the latter's plans for an underground swimming pool, may have come to an end feature in today's newspaper round-up.

London’s Evening Standard reports that Williams’ "controversial plans for an underground swimming pool have been conditionally approved - despite objections from his Led Zeppelin guitarist neighbour". The paper says that the decision "could put an end to a five-year row between the celebrity musicians over plans for Mr Williams' home off Kensington High Street in west London". Planning permission "for the pop star's underground gym and swimming pool at his Grade II-listed home was approved with conditions at a Kensington Town Hall meeting on Tuesday evening", the paper adds.

The Guardian reports that "architects have criticised post-Grenfell plans to reform building safety, pointing out that the system remains largely unchanged and still unfit for purpose 18 months on from the fire that claimed 72 lives". The paper says that "ministers announced the proposals to overhaul building regulations on Tuesday, including tougher sanctions for those who disregard residents’ safety, more rigorous standards and guidance for people doing building work, and a stronger voice for residents". But it adds that the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) "said that with the exception of a ban on combustible cladding already announced, more should have already been done by now to make buildings safer".

An opinion piece in the Times says that "the capital is being sold short by its mayor". Columnist Alice Thomson says that Sadiq Khan has failed in areas including transport and housing. She writes: "When the mayor’s team talked to me two years ago about improving affordable housing (once top of his agenda) they promised another 80,000 new housing association homes a year, but in his first year in office the mayor oversaw just 5,355 completions of affordable or social accommodation."

The Guardian reports that US tech billionaire Elon Musk has unveiled his "latest visionary project – an underground ‘loop’ track that promises to revolutionize transport in the 21st-century city". The paper quotes Musk saying: "What’s really important is that there is a path, finally, finally, finally… to alleviating traffic congestion in cities. If what we’re saying is true, and we think it is, there is finally a solution."


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