The High Court ruled that non-standard painting of the house facade is not a violation of the existing architectural ensemble.

The lawsuit of the London developer Zippora Lyle-Mainuloring with her neighbors lasted two years; the subject-matter of the dispute was restoration of the façade held by owner, after which a typical three-story house in Kensington, painted in red-white stripes, became a bright and provocative spot in row buildings.

Neighbors filed a complaint against Zippora to the council, demanding repainting the façade, comparing it with the "mattress". Also they stated that she did it on purpose, to spite them, since previously they had not allowed tearing down this house and starting construction work in the block. Now this house is uninhabited and is used for storage.

In 2015 the District Court of Kensington and Chelsea ruled that painting the facade in a contrasting strips is a violation of the law, adopted in 1990 "On Urban and Territorial Planning," and demanded to bring the street side of the house to a common standard within 28 days: "Color and graphic solution, namely, the application of red-white stripes on facade conflicts with visual concept of the surrounding areas."

In a partial execution of the Kensington court decision, the developer closed all three floors of the building with plywood boards, totally disfiguring the block exterior, and said that she would not give up her intention - either tear down the house and build a new one, or leave this house striped. Last year, she filed a cassation to the magistrate Royal Islington Court, but failed, and then filed a lawsuit to the High Court of London.

On Monday, April 24, the High Court ruled in favor of Zippora Lyle-Mainuloring, stating that Article 215 of the Law "On Urban Territorial Planning" cannot be applied to this case, since it is not a question of reconstructing the facade, and the color decision refers to subjective aesthetic categories. The board may ask the owner of the house to repaint the facade, but cannot consider the refusal to comply with this order as a crime.

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