Blackadder star Rowan Atkinson has infuriated his neighbours over plans to build a hi-tech house – which looks like a space age PETROL STATION.
Atkinson has been involved in the design of the £5 million white three-storey home for the past two years.
He plans to demolish the existing 1930s Handsmooth House set in 16 acres of rolling countryside near the tiny village of Ipsden, near Wallingford, Oxon.
The Blackadder and Mr Bean star wants to replace it with a 30ft (9m) high mansion split into two futuristic wings connected by a transparent Star Trek-style walkway.
Atkinson has recruited top US architect Richard Meier to design the house, which will be his first project in the UK.
The site lies in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the plans have already been rejected by the local parish council for being ”out of character” with the landscape.
And neighbours are furious at the proposed property, which they have dubbed ”a space-age petrol station”.
Ben Yates, 45, a farmer who lives nearby, stormed: ”The house will look like an ugly space age petrol station.
”All the houses round here are traditionally built and some go back more than 100 years.
”His house will stick out like a sore thumb and will ruin the character of the area.
”If he gets planning permission it’ll go just go to show he’s got more money than sense.”
Resident Petra Frampton, 43, added: ”Ideally I would love him [Atkinson] to have the house of his dreams but possibly not imposing his taste on the rest of the county.”
Neighbour Emma Hulbert, 45, added: ”While the modern architecture may be appropriate in London it is wholly inappropriate to the rural landscape.
”The proposal is not in keeping with the surrounding properties and landscape in an area of outstanding natural beauty. I strongly object to this proposal.”
The plans, submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council, include a tennis court, stables and underground garage in the sprawling mansion’s construction.
The state-of-the-art home will have five bedrooms overlooking the stunning Chiltern Hills as well as a bridge over a courtyard which links both wings of the house.
A swimming pool which was built in the 1970s will also be bulldozed to make way for a two-storey luxury guest wing set into the side of an ancient hillside behind the property.
The main 8,000sq ft home will come with a Japanese garden and even its own wood to protect Atkinson and his family from nosey neighbours.
Atkinson, 55, has also recruited award-winning landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith to reproduce a meadow at the front of the property.
But the star, who has lived in the county for 28 years, has shrugged off his neighbours concerns claiming they had ”nothing to fear”.
The application reads: ”The design is not a departure, but rather a reinvention of the traditional country house.
”The home will add to our architectural heritage rather than parody it.”
Atkinson added: ”I don’t want to live in a house that is weird or futuristic but one that is simple, graceful and elegant and this is what Richard Meier has provided.”
”It would be a terrible shame if people felt that there was no place in the countryside for modern design.”
The council will decide whether to approve the planning application in September.
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