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Owner of candy house stripes blow for freedom

A DEVELOPER who covered the front of a house in candy stripes has won a High Court victory after being ordered to paint it white.

Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring was told to get rid of the two-tone scheme by council bosses, who said it made the street that the multi-million pound property sits in less attractive.

But Mr Justice Gilbart ruled the local authority had no powers to order her to hide the stripes under section 215 of the town and country planning act.

A judge in a lower court had said Ms Lisle-Mainwaring painted the ‘garish’ stripes in pique — which she denied — after she was refused consent to knock down the house in Kensington, west London.

However, judge Gilbart said the council only had powers to intervene under section 215 if homes were run down. ‘To use section 215 to deal with questions of aesthetics falls outside the intention and spirit of the planning code,’ he said, adding that the council could have ordered repainting under section 102 of the act.

Ms Lisle-Mainwaring painted the stripes in March 2015 after a failed bid to build a new house on the site.

She lost her first two appeals before being backed by judge Gilbart.