Rod Stewart Wins Permission to Build Soccer Pitch at Home
Rod Stewart has been given the green light to build a soccer pitch at his luxury home in Essex, England. The veteran singer submitted plans to local authorities requesting planning permission to install artificial turf outside his mansion in Harlow so he can enjoy a kickabout with his two young sons.
Stewart had wanted to erect floodlights around the pitch so the family could play games in the evening, but executives at Epping Forest District Council denied the request amid fears late night soccer matches could upset neighbors. An official report on the matter reads, “The artificial surface is an incongruous addition within the grounds of a mid-18th century house, however, the existing screening provided and hedging trees and the proposal to supplement these with additional native species will minimize views of the pitch and diminish the harm caused to the settings of the buildings. “There would inevitably be some level of noise emanating from the use of the pitch especially if two teams were to play with family and friends spectating. However, without the floodlighting it wouldn’t be able to be used late into the evening for much of the year and any noise nuisance can be dealt with under separate environmental health legislation.” Stewart bought the mansion in 2013, but has yet to move into the house with his wife Penny Lancaster and their two boys, Alastair, 10, and Aiden, four, as it has been undergoing extensive renovations.