Gordon Ramsay has angered neighbours with plans to cut down 100-year-old trees to make way for his fleet of supercars at new £4.4m holiday home.
The three-Michelin star chef has been granted permission to fell the Monterey Cypresses in the way of a drive on a new property he is building in an exclusive area of north Cornwall.
The drive will cater to the 52-year-old collection of more than 10 supercars including a Ferrari 812 Superfast, an Aston Martin DB9 and Porsche 911 Turbo.
The move comes after Mr Ramsay won an eight-month planning battle in 2016 to knock down the original home on the site and replace it with a modern development centred around an enormous kitchen.
A new application to Cornwall Council said original plans for the drive were later found to be inadequate and builders would now need to dig into the area were the trees' roots are rather than build over them.
It also proposed to replace the felled trees with four new Monterey Cypresses elsewhere on the grounds.
The application drew objections from St Minver Lowlands Parish Council, which said its “members are disappointed that it has come to the loss of these trees”.
The council’s tree officer, James Gregory, also said: “The trees in question have a significant contribution to local landscape. The felling would have [a] detrimental impact on the local landscape, as well increasing the visibility of the new dwelling from the road and public spaces.”
Mr Gregory welcomed the plan to replant trees elsewhere on the grounds but said he wanted to see more from different species also planted.
Mr Ramsay’s original planning application for the holiday home upset neighbours in the village with locals accusing his plans of being a “blatant attempt to move the building line closer to the sea”. They also expressed fears it could spoil the coastline and set an “undesirable precedent”.
The plans showed the new house is being constructed of Cornish stone and timber, over four floors including a basement, five bedrooms, a television room, “snug” and swimming pool.
The ground floor centrepiece will be a large kitchen, with a separate “prep kitchen” in the wing of the house and pantry.
Elsewhere on the grounds there will also be an annex property with three bedrooms, smaller living areas and space for a boat store.