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Ex-Premier League Boss Harry Redknapp Is In Planning Battle Over Turning Dated Sandbanks Home Into £7M Mock Italian Palazzo

Harry Redknapp is locked in a furious battle with his local council as he tries to build a stunning Italianate waterside mansion in his latest construction project on Sandbanks in Dorset.

The former Premier League manager and his wife Sandra are thought to have recently splashed out around £7m on buying a dated waterside home on the exclusive peninsula.

But Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have slammed his hopes for a six bedroom detached house with a luxury three-storey villa built in ‘a traditional Italianate architectural style’ as ‘overwhelming’ and ‘disjointed’.

The current house on the site which was built in 1963 now looks outdated compared to some of the glass-fronted modernist homes built nearby.

The house which Harry wants to build is more traditional in design, looking like a small 19th century palazzo on the Italian Lakes.

The former Premier League manager and his wife Sandra are thought to have recently splashed out around £7m on buying a dated waterside home on the exclusive peninsula
The former Premier League manager and his wife Sandra are thought to have recently splashed out around £7m on buying a dated waterside home on the exclusive peninsula
But Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have slammed his hopes for a six bedroom detached house with a luxury three-storey villa built in ¿a traditional Italianate architectural style¿ as 'overwhelming' and 'disjointed'
But Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have slammed his hopes for a six bedroom detached house with a luxury three-storey villa built in ‘a traditional Italianate architectural style’ as ‘overwhelming’ and ‘disjointed’

If planning permission is granted, the new house in an area of the posh peninsula known as Millionaire’s Row will allow Harry and Sandra (pictured) to enjoy spectacular views over Poole Harbour

The house which Harry wants to build is more traditional in design, looking like a small 19th century palazzo on the Italian Lakes
The house which Harry wants to build is more traditional in design, looking like a small 19th century palazzo on the Italian Lakes
Harry - who won I¿m A Celebrity in 2018 - has already compromised on a number of fronts with the local council as he tries to secure his new build
Harry – who won I’m A Celebrity in 2018 – has already compromised on a number of fronts with the local council as he tries to secure his new build

If planning permission is granted, the new house in an area of the posh peninsula known as Millionaire’s Row will enjoy spectacular views over Poole Harbour.

Harry – who won I’m A Celebrity in 2018 – has already compromised on a number of fronts with the local council as he tries to secure his new build.

They have removed bedroom windows, lowered the roof, added chimneys, redesigned the front door and even redesigned the boat house in an attempt to charm complainants.

But tensions appear to be growing as busybodies appear to still be pushing for more changes on the embattled site.

Chris Shipperley of top architects Anders Roberts Cheer noted that other buildings have been allowed to fill the owners’ entire plots as the council complained the house would ‘still sit higher than the positive building next door, making it slightly overwhelming.’

He responded: ‘I would also like to point out that many of the new houses built on this side of the peninsular fill the whole width of their plots and are much less spacious than our proposal.

‘Despite this to further mitigate your concerns, we have removed further height from this application and the rotation of the tower to the front narrows the building overall.’

In another criticism of the proposed building, the council said: ‘Timber is still the preferred material for windows/doors.

The current house on the site which was built in 1963 now looks outdated compared to some of the glass-fronted modernist homes built nearby
The current house on the site which was built in 1963 now looks outdated compared to some of the glass-fronted modernist homes built nearby
Ambitious plans submitted would see the dated property transformed into a mock palazzo
Ambitious plans submitted would see the dated property transformed into a mock palazzo
If planning permission is granted, the new house in an area of the posh peninsula known as Millionaire¿s Row will enjoy spectacular views over Poole Harbour
If planning permission is granted, the new house in an area of the posh peninsula known as Millionaire’s Row will enjoy spectacular views over Poole Harbour
Harry has long been association with the south coast area, having previously managed Portsmouth to win the FA Cup in 2008
Harry has long been association with the south coast area, having previously managed Portsmouth to win the FA Cup in 2008

‘If maintained regularly, it shouldn’t cause any major issues, it is appropriate for the CA and it is more sustainable. Aluminium is not a traditional material and is not maintenance-free either.’

But in a blistering response, the architects said: ‘This is completely inappropriate in this exposed location and there are almost no houses we can see on Sandbanks with timber windows in them, would you mind providing us with where the timber window suggestion comes from?

;Also the chosen style generally uses Crittall style metal windows, not standard aluminium modern profiles.

‘Crittall or Bronze windows are far more resilient to this location and more typical of this style of building.’

But Harry has once again been forced into a series of changes to the design after the Italianate style was criticised.

In one point, the council said: ‘While the roof form has been simplified, I think overall the proposed dwelling is still disjointed and asymmetrical which is not characteristic of the chosen style. Revising the overall height and width of the proposed dwelling may help with this concern.’

They added: ‘The rear roof slope is still cluttered – the gable’s design has been revised but it is still big and it mirrors the form of the arc at ground level which we have identified as an issue as well because it spoils the symmetry.’

And a third point continued: ‘The window/wall ratio when it comes to the side elevations is still irregular. I suspect there might be some limitations in view of overlooking but still I think there is scope for revisions.’

It is not known if they plan to live in the new Sandbanks mansion which they hope to have built on a section of the posh peninsula overlooking Brownsea Island
It is not known if they plan to live in the new Sandbanks mansion which they hope to have built on a section of the posh peninsula overlooking Brownsea Island

In another point, they argued: ‘The left wing is now parallel to the right one, but it is a bit shorter. It’d be better if the wings were symmetrical, and the right wing was made shorter. This would be in keeping with the overall Italianate style of the proposed building.’

The architects hit back at this, saying the lack of symmetry was in keeping with the villas of lake Como.

Redknapp has further agreed to the house being even lower, adding more side windows, adding planting areas and having to ‘substantially reduce’ the size of the garage.

Harry and his wife have owned homes on spectacularly expensive Sandbanks or in Poole for at least 26 years.

The couple who are both aged 76 reportedly paid £500,000 In 1997 for a luxury seaside home in the Liliput suburb of Poole, before selling it for £2.6m.

They bought one of the finest homes on Sandbanks – a mock Tudor mansion overlooking the entrance to the harbour – for £3m in 2001.

Harry and Sandra are said to have sold the property for £6.9m in 2015 and moved to a brand new £4m mansion five bedroom beachside property just around the corner.

They reportedly left the modern glass-fronted property on Sandbanks because they wanted more privacy after getting fed up with tourists staring at their home.

Pictured: The entrance to Harry Redknapp's new house
Pictured: The entrance to Harry Redknapp’s new house
The new detached white-rendered house on the west side of Sandbanks will have stunning sunset vistas over Poole Harbour if consent is given for it to be built
The new detached white-rendered house on the west side of Sandbanks will have stunning sunset vistas over Poole Harbour if consent is given for it to be built
The couple, who are both 76, bought one of the finest homes on Sandbanks - a mock Tudor mansion overlooking the entrance to the harbour ¿ for £3m in 2001
The couple, who are both 76, bought one of the finest homes on Sandbanks – a mock Tudor mansion overlooking the entrance to the harbour – for £3m in 2001

The couple moved in 2021 to a new £5m eco-mansion which they had built in a leafy suburb of Poole.

It is not known if they plan to live in the new Sandbanks mansion which they hope to have built on a section of the posh peninsula overlooking Brownsea Island.

Estate agents websites confirm that the house on the plot, which had been on the market for £7m, was recently sold.

Land Registry records which can take months to update do not yet name the new owner.

But the planning application to build the Italianate mansion, submitted to Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council mansion, is in the name of H Redknapp.

The new detached white-rendered house on the west side of Sandbanks will have stunning sunset vistas over Poole Harbour if consent is given for it to be built.

The plot, which has its own slipway to the water, faces a quieter part of the harbour where there are fewer passing boats, and no promenade or beach for people to walk by.

Planning documents reveal that the proposed house will have low-pitched gable roofs, Palladian-style columns and four separate balconies with black wrought iron railings.

Harry and Sandra are said to have sold the property for £6.9m in 2015 and moved to a brand new £4m mansion five bedroom beachside property just around the corner
Harry and Sandra are said to have sold the property for £6.9m in 2015 and moved to a brand new £4m mansion five bedroom beachside property just around the corner
The plot was originally part of the curtilage of the neighbouring property, until the site was subdivided in 1963 and the existing two-storey house was built
The plot was originally part of the curtilage of the neighbouring property, until the site was subdivided in 1963 and the existing two-storey house was built

The plans show it will have a grand entrance hall, a huge open plan kitchen and dining room with a family area stepping out on to a terrace overlooking the harbour.

The ground floor will also feature two reception rooms, a study, boot room and utility room.

The first floor features four bedrooms including two with balconies and a laundry room while the second floor has a master bedroom with a private lounge area and a balcony.

All the bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms and dressing rooms, and there is a lift making it easy for the elderly or infirm to move between floors.

There is also planned to be a new double garage with a gym attached at the front of the house and a boat house at the bottom of the garden.

A design and access statement describes the planned home as being ‘sensitively designed’ and ‘a carefully balanced and attractive infill development which respects the character of the area’.

It goes on to state that the planned home will fit in with the local conservation area and be an ‘architecturally interesting design solution which would make a positive contribution to the built environment making a statement on this prominent (from harbour views) position’.

The statement adds that the garden will be ‘landscaped to a high standard utilising plant specimens that are suitable for a coastal environment’.

Once completed, the replacement home could be worth at least £12million.

The plot was originally part of the curtilage of the neighbouring property, until the site was subdivided in 1963 and the existing two-storey house was built.

Property developer Paul Pressland who bought the existing house in 2003 for £2.7million, got planning permission in 2017 to demolish it and replace it with a futuristic eight bedroom cube house with its own jetty.

His plans were never acted on although a ‘material start’ was made to the footings which means the planning permission is still valid.

Nigel Still, of estate agents Stephen Noble which marketed the plot before it was sold, said: ‘It is in a super position on the west side on the peninsula which is regarded as the prime section of Sandbanks as you get the afternoon and evening sun and the most outstanding views to Brownsea Island.

‘There is direct water frontage and the sea there is more sheltered and safer and away from the boat traffic and the rip tide that there is at the harbour entrance.

‘The current owners obtained planning consent for a magnificent new contemporary house with the added advantage of rare consent for a brand-new jetty and slipway.

‘Alternatively, the new owner may wish to remodel the current house.

‘Either way, this is still a rare opportunity to acquire one of the finest plots on Sandbanks.’

Harry has long been association with the south coast area, having previously managed AFC Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Southampton as well as having spells managing West Ham, Tottenham and QPR.


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Assessing Property Size: What Square Footage Can You Get With The Average UK House Price In Your Area?

Assessing Property Size In The UK

In the United Kingdom, there is a prevailing tendency to gauge the size of residences based on the number of bedrooms rather than square footage. In fact, research indicates that three out of five individuals are unaware of the square footage of their property.

However, a comprehensive analysis conducted by Savills reveals significant variations in property sizes throughout the country. For instance, with the average property price standing at £340,837, this amount would typically afford a studio flat spanning 551 square feet in London, according to the prominent estate agency.

Conversely, in the North East region, the same sum would secure a spacious five-bedroom house measuring 1,955 square feet, nearly four times the size of a comparable property in London.

Best value: Heading to the North East of England is where buyers will get the most from their money

In Scotland, the median house price equates to a sizable investment capable of procuring a generous four-bedroom residence spanning 1,743 square feet. Conversely, in Wales, Yorkshire & The Humber, and the North West, this sum affords a slightly smaller four-bedroom dwelling of approximately 1,500 square feet, while in the East and West Midlands, it accommodates a 1,300 square foot home. In stark contrast, within the South West, £340,837 secures a modest 1,000 square foot property, and in the East, an even more confined 928 square feet.

London presents the most challenging market, where this budget offers the least purchasing power. Following closely, the South East allows for 825 square feet of space or a medium-sized two-bedroom dwelling. Lucian Cook, head of residential research at Savills, emphasizes the profound disparity in purchasing potential across Britain, ranging from compact studio flats in London to spacious four or five-bedroom residences in parts of North East England.

While square footage serves as a critical metric, with a significant portion of Britons unfamiliar with their property’s dimensions, the number of bedrooms remains a traditional indicator of size. Personal preferences, such as a preference for larger kitchens, may influence property selection. For those prioritizing ample space, Easington, County Durham, offers a substantial 2,858 square foot, five-bedroom home, while Rhondda, Wales, and Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scotland, provide 2,625 and 2,551 square feet, respectively. Conversely, in St Albans, Hertfordshire, £340,837 secures a mere 547 square feet, equivalent to a one-bedroom flat.

The disparity continues in central London, where purchasing power diminishes considerably. In Kensington, the budget accommodates a mere 220 square feet, contrasting with the slightly more spacious 236 square feet in Westminster. Conversely, in Dagenham, the same investment translates to 770 square feet. Three properties currently listed on Rightmove exemplify the diversity within this price range across the UK market.

South of the river: This semi-detached house is located near to three different train stations

South of the river: This semi-detached house is located near to three different train stations

2. Lewisham: One-bed house, £345,000

This one-bedroom property in Lewisham, South London, is on the market for £345,000.

The semi-detached house is set over two floors, and has a private patio.

The property is located near to bus links and amenities, as well as Catford train station.

Edinburgh fringe: This three-bed property is located on the edge of the city, near to the town of Musselburgh

Edinburgh fringe: This three-bed property is located on the edge of the city, near to the town of Musselburgh

3. Edinburgh: Three-bed house, £350,000

This three-bedroom detached house in Edinburgh could be yours for £350,000.

The house, which has a two-car driveway, boasts a large kitchen diner, and is within easy reach of Newcriaghall train station.


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Top 10 Florida Cities Dominate The Business Startup Landscape In The U.S.

Top 10 Florida Cities And Business Startup Landscape In The U.S.

The Voice Of EU | Florida emerges as a hub for entrepreneurial endeavors, with its vibrant business landscape and conducive environment for startups. Renowned for its low corporate tax rates and a high concentration of investors, the Sunshine State beckons aspiring entrepreneurs seeking fertile grounds to launch and grow their businesses.

In a recent report by WalletHub, Florida cities dominate the list of the top 10 best destinations for business startups, showcasing their resilience and economic vitality amidst challenging times.

From Orlando’s thriving market to Miami’s dynamic ecosystem, each city offers unique advantages and opportunities for entrepreneurial success. Let’s delve into the chronologically listed cities that exemplify Florida’s prominence in the business startup arena.

1. Orlando Leads the Way: Orlando emerges as the most attractive market in the U.S. for business startups, with a remarkable surge in small business establishments. WalletHub’s latest report highlights Orlando’s robust ecosystem, fostering the survival and growth of startups, buoyed by a high concentration of investors per capita.

2. Tampa Takes Second Place: Securing the second spot among large cities for business startups, Tampa boasts a favorable business environment attributed to its low corporate tax rates. The city’s ample investor presence further fortifies startups, providing essential resources for navigating the initial years of business operations.

3. Charlotte’s Diverse Industries: Claiming the third position, Charlotte stands out for its diverse industrial landscape and exceptionally low corporate taxes, enticing companies to reinvest capital. This conducive environment propels entrepreneurial endeavors, contributing to sustained economic growth.

4. Jacksonville’s Rising Profile: Jacksonville emerges as a promising destination for startups, bolstered by its favorable business climate. The city’s strategic positioning fosters entrepreneurial ventures, attracting aspiring business owners seeking growth opportunities.

5. Miami’s Entrepreneurial Hub: Miami solidifies its position as a thriving entrepreneurial hub, attracting businesses with its dynamic ecosystem and strategic location. The city’s vibrant startup culture and supportive infrastructure make it an appealing destination for ventures of all sizes.

6. Atlanta’s Economic Momentum: Atlanta’s ascent in the business startup landscape underscores its economic momentum and favorable business conditions. The city’s strategic advantages and conducive policies provide a fertile ground for entrepreneurial ventures to flourish.

7. Fort Worth’s Business-Friendly Environment: Fort Worth emerges as a prime destination for startups, offering a business-friendly environment characterized by low corporate taxes. The city’s supportive ecosystem and strategic initiatives facilitate the growth and success of new ventures.

8. Austin’s Innovation Hub: Austin cements its status as an innovation hub, attracting startups with its vibrant entrepreneurial community and progressive policies. The city’s robust infrastructure and access to capital foster a conducive environment for business growth and innovation.

9. Durham’s Emerging Entrepreneurship Scene: Durham’s burgeoning entrepreneurship scene positions it as a promising destination for startups, fueled by its supportive ecosystem and strategic initiatives. The city’s collaborative culture and access to resources contribute to the success of new ventures.

10. St. Petersburg’s Thriving Business Community: St. Petersburg rounds off the top 10 with its thriving business community and supportive ecosystem for startups. The city’s strategic advantages and favorable business climate make it an attractive destination for entrepreneurial endeavors.

Despite unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Great Resignation, and high inflation, these top Florida cities remain resilient and well-equipped to overcome obstacles, offering promising opportunities for business owners and entrepreneurs alike.


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European Startup Ecosystems Awash With Gulf Investment – Here Are Some Of The Top Investors

European Startup Ecosystem Getting Flooded With Gulf Investments

The Voice Of EU | In recent years, European entrepreneurs seeking capital infusion have widened their horizons beyond the traditional American investors, increasingly turning their gaze towards the lucrative investment landscape of the Gulf region. With substantial capital reservoirs nestled within sovereign wealth funds and corporate venture capital entities, Gulf nations have emerged as compelling investors for European startups and scaleups.

According to comprehensive data from Dealroom, the influx of investment from Gulf countries into European startups soared to a staggering $3 billion in 2023, marking a remarkable 5x surge from the $627 million recorded in 2018.

This substantial injection of capital, accounting for approximately 5% of the total funding raised in the region, underscores the growing prominence of Gulf investors in European markets.

Particularly noteworthy is the significant support extended to growth-stage companies, with over two-thirds of Gulf investments in 2023 being directed towards funding rounds exceeding $100 million. This influx of capital provides a welcome boost to European companies grappling with the challenge of securing well-capitalized investors locally.

Delving deeper into the landscape, Sifted has identified the most active Gulf investors in European startups over the past two years.

Leading the pack is Aramco Ventures, headquartered in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Bolstered by a substantial commitment, Aramco Ventures boasts a $1.5 billion sustainability fund, alongside an additional $4 billion allocated to its venture capital arm, positioning it as a formidable player with a total investment capacity of $7 billion by 2027. With a notable presence in 17 funding rounds, Aramco Ventures has strategically invested in ventures such as Carbon Clean Solutions and ANYbotics, aligning with its focus on businesses that offer strategic value.

Following closely is Mubadala Capital, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE, with an impressive tally of 13 investments in European startups over the past two years. Backed by the sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment Company, Mubadala Capital’s diverse investment portfolio spans private equity, venture capital, and alternative solutions. Notable investments include Klarna, TIER, and Juni, reflecting its global investment strategy across various sectors.

Ventura Capital, based in Dubai, UAE, secured its position as a key player with nine investments in European startups. With a presence in Dubai, London, and Tokyo, Ventura Capital boasts an international network of limited partners and a sector-agnostic investment approach, contributing to its noteworthy investments in companies such as Coursera and Spotify.

Qatar Investment Authority, headquartered in Doha, Qatar, has made significant inroads into the European startup ecosystem with six notable investments. As the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar, QIA’s diversified portfolio spans private and public equity, infrastructure, and real estate, with strategic investments in tech startups across healthcare, consumer, and industrial sectors.

MetaVision Dubai, a newcomer to the scene, has swiftly garnered attention with six investments in European startups. Focusing on seed to Series A startups in the metaverse and Web3 space, MetaVision raised an undisclosed fund in 2022, affirming its commitment to emerging technologies and innovative ventures.

Investcorp, headquartered in Manama, Bahrain, has solidified its presence with six investments in European startups. With a focus on mid-sized B2B businesses, Investcorp’s diverse investment strategies encompass private equity, real estate, infrastructure, and credit management, contributing to its notable investments in companies such as Terra Quantum and TruKKer.

Chimera Capital, based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, rounds off the list with four strategic investments in European startups. As part of a prominent business conglomerate, Chimera Capital leverages its global reach and sector-agnostic approach to drive investments in ventures such as CMR Surgical and Neat Burger.

In conclusion, the burgeoning influx of capital from Gulf investors into European startups underscores the region’s growing appeal as a vibrant hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. With key players such as Aramco Ventures, Mubadala Capital, and Ventura Capital leading the charge, European startups are poised to benefit from the strategic investments and partnerships forged with Gulf investors, propelling them towards sustained growth and success in the global market landscape.


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