George Clooney Wins Surveillance Camera Battle
George Clooney has been renovating the luxury home in the village of Sonning Eye, where he plans to live with his British wife Amal, and earlier in 2015, the couple filed paperwork asking for planning permission to install eight cameras on poles in the grounds of the property and a further 10 attached to the house itself.
Local residents objected to the proposals amid fears the cameras would represent “a potential infringement of the privacy of neighboring properties” and the 18-foot poles would be a “visual intrusion”. Clooney’s planning agent submitted a revised application on July 13, 2015, reducing the height of the two highest CCTV posts, and now authorities have approved the amended proposal, declaring the cameras “would not be detrimental to the special architectural and historic interest of the listed building or its setting.” Building work is still ongoing at the historic mansion after Clooney was given permission to add a new swimming pool, pool house and private cinema in May 2015.
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