Kate Moss's new house, an £8 million mansion in the London suburb Highgate, formerly belonged to the celebrated British poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and, more recently, the playwright J.B Priestley. So it's beautiful and historic, but also short a few essentials like a gym, a steam room, and satellite dishes for TV channels. She's started plans for a pricey renovation that would ameliorate these issues, mainly by putting in a large basement fitness center, but her neighbors are worried that all the activity will make their cellars flood and disturb the local pond.
Says neighbor Maya de Souza, who's also the local Green Party councilor:
My concern is the impact on groundwater flows. This has been known to impact severely on neighbors and can affect water bodies like Highgate ponds as well as causing construction-related nuisance. Large basements can mean huge numbers of lorry movements which cause too much disturbance and a risk to other residents. I'll be asking for proper reports on groundwater and the early submission of a contract management plan and if they are not satisfactory I'd like to see the application refused.
Other Highgate residents include singer George Michael and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, who would surely be delighted to let Kate go for a spin on their exercise equipment or use their steam rooms in the meantime. The real issue here is the TV channels, because as Vogue confirmed last week, Kate gets all of her best ideas from watching obscure documentary series.