- Tom Glanfield bought a dilapidated bungalow in Sandbanks in March 2023
An entrepreneur who spent £13.5 million on the “world's most expensive bungalow” has announced his own plans to rebuild a derelict villa into a modern family home, despite the city council rejecting his proposal. I vowed not to give up on my vision.
Tom Glanfield, 45, bought a quaint, run-down bungalow called Millionaire's Row in the exclusive Dorset resort of Sandbanks in March 2023.
Within a month of acquiring the 'white elephant', he applied for planning permission to demolish the Edwardian villa and replace it with a modern five-bed home.
Despite five letters of support from neighbors and no objections from residents, Bournemouth and Poole City Council rejected his plans in a decision published last week.
Officials say the property is in a conservation area and has been recommended for inclusion on the local heritage list.
Speaking for the first time since the decision, recruitment director Mr Glanfield told MailOnline it was “very disappointing” and that the council had “overlooked” it. [a] A great opportunity'.
The self-made millionaire, who made his fortune by starting a recruitment business in a friend's attic with the help of a £9,000 student loan, remains determined to change the minds of council planners and the decision He said he plans to appeal.
The father-of-two, who lives in Poole, Dorset, said: “Given the huge positive response the proposal received locally, especially as reflected in the application which had no letters of objection, we are refusing the application.'' I am extremely disappointed to learn of BCP's decision.” and several letters of support.
“We have spent considerable time creating a bespoke design that combines a contemporary family home with the need to sympathize with the beautiful surroundings of the conservation area.”
“This is my personal vision, and with the help of two local architects, we set out to create a high-quality, timeless design for the future,” Granfield said. he added.
“This plot requires a huge investment, but BCP Council appears to have overlooked a proposal that is a great opportunity to make significant ecological and visual improvements not only to the house, but also to the area around the site's sea wall. is.”
“The currently rusting metal and concrete perimeter seawall is unsafe and unsightly when viewed from Poole Harbour.”
Mr Glanfield said his application, which includes designs by award-winning landscape designer Andy Sturgeon, would remove the seawall and concrete surrounds to Poole Harbour, and replace “native plantings. “It will be replaced by a modest sea wall obscured by trees, sand dunes and sand dunes.” rock'.
He added: “The aim is to renaturalize the perimeter of the site as seen from the sea and increase its biodiversity benefits through native tree planting and the removal of large areas currently paved with concrete.” He continued.
“My family and I consider Poole our home and consultant, and I will continue to pursue a sensitive and environmentally friendly redevelopment of this special place.”
Granfield wants to remodel the dilapidated bungalow, which has a leaking roof, mold and cracked concrete driveway.
He wants to replace the property with a sustainable family eco-home with renewable electricity and desalination facilities.
In addition to demolishing the bungalow and rebuilding it, the plan is to construct a dilapidated sea wall to protect the house.
But Bournemouth and Poole City Council included a conservation report in its refusal decision announced last week, which effectively undermines Mr Glanfield's plans.
Conservation officer Karina Kuteba wrote disparagingly: “The proposed replacement homes would be of a fairly conventional contemporary design, with large expanses of glazing, concrete elements, vertical timber effects, stone cladding and flat roofs. , a “boxy'' appearance. '
She added: “By virtue of its design and material palette, the proposed dwellings will be at odds with the remaining Edwardian villas along Panorama Road and will not respect the character and appearance of the conservation area.”
Glanfield's proposed “House Among the Trees” is intended to be a “benchmark” property for Sandbanks, and bears no resemblance to the whitewashed waterfront mansions this luxurious peninsula is known for. It wasn't there.
According to plans, there would have been five bedrooms, including a huge master suite with a raised Jacuzzi bath with ocean views, a dressing room, seating area and private balcony.
Downstairs there would have been a huge open plan kitchen and dining area, double height lounge, home office, entertainment bar and entertainment area, wine store and boot room.
There would have been a movie theater, gym, and shower room in the basement.
Outside, there would have been an upper terrace and patio, a covered patio and a lawn leading to the water.
There will also be “living roofs and walls.”
Mr Granfield also intended to rebuild the 120m long harbor wall at the bottom of his garden, which BCP council agreed to.
He told MailOnline last year: “From a distance the property appeared to be in decent condition, but upon inspection it was clear that it had suffered damage from years of exposure.”
“Obviously it hasn’t been updated in a while, but unfortunately the problem is deeper.
“Today's houses have no insulation whatsoever and use a ridiculous amount of oil to heat them.
“I want to create something completely efficient and passive.
“My dream is to build a family home that not only preserves the modest beauty of the site, but also stands the test of time.
“Some people say it would be a waste to replace the property, but they probably haven’t looked into it too closely.
“Some people told me they were glad it was purchased by a local person rather than a developer.
“I think most developers will build at least two homes on this site.”