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Ewan McGregor is accused of breaching planning rules by altering master bedroom and en suite at his £2.35m 10-bed Scottish mansion ‘without permission’


  • Perth and Kinross Council are probing alleged planning breaches by McGregor

Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor has been accused of carrying out ‘unauthorised’ work at his £2.35million 10-bed mansion in Scotland.

Perth and Kinross Council have launched a probe into allegations of planning breaches at the Hollywood superstar’s Carse of Gowrie home.

The claims focus on alleged alterations to the master bedroom and bathroom suite which may have been undertaken without planning permission, it has emerged. It is believed internal partitions have also allegedly been removed.

A building warrant was obtained for the works last year but the council said planning permission was needed too.

It has been claimed council officials wrote to McGregor pointing out that his mansion would need permission for certain works to be carried out due to its C-Listed protected status. 

The case is ‘pending consideration’ from council officials and it is hoped the issue will be resolved by March 19.

Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor, pictured in December last year, has been accused of carrying out 'unauthorised' work at his £2.35million 10-bed mansion in Scotland

Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor, pictured in December last year, has been accused of carrying out ‘unauthorised’ work at his £2.35million 10-bed mansion in Scotland

It is alleged that McGregor, pictured in Star Wars Episode I, carried out alterations to the master bedroom and bathroom suite - possibly without planning permission

It is alleged that McGregor, pictured in Star Wars Episode I, carried out alterations to the master bedroom and bathroom suite – possibly without planning permission

Property records show the 52-year-old bought the Category C-listed 10 bedroom property last May for £2.35million. It had been on the market for over £2.15million. 

The home features a gate lodge and a courtyard of outbuildings. It has more than 15,000sq-ft of living space on three floors, with a two-bedroom flat, stores and a wine cellar on the lower ground floor. 

The accommodation includes an entrance hall, three reception rooms, a billiards room, family room, study and a 1930s hothouse/conservatory.

The mansion is just a 35 minute drive from Crieff where McGregor grew up. The actor has been spotted regularly in the area in recent weeks and it is understood he will now split his time between Scotland and Los Angeles.

Since buying the home, McGregor has been carrying out renovations. It is understood that he was granted permission by the council to erect a replacement garage and to create a new master bedroom and bathroom suite.

However, the local authority received a complaint that alleged ‘unauthorised works’ have been carried out on the listed building. 

The Trainspotting actor recently thanked a Perth window firm and stopped by a jeweller in the city as well.

A post on the Balhousie Glazing Facebook page said the actor was ‘delighted’ with the windows and doors installed at his home.

According to Perth and Kinross Council’s website, listed building consent ‘is required for any internal or external alteration, extension or demolition of a listed building which would affect its character as a building or structure of architectural or historic interest’.

It also states that it is an offence ‘to carry out works to a listed building without consent and may be subject to enforcement action’. 

If an enforcement notice is served and not complied with, offenders can be fined up to £50,000 in court.

It has been claimed council officials wrote to McGregor, pictured in the 1995 film Trainspotting, pointing out that his mansion would need permission for certain works to be carried out due to its C-Listed protected status

It has been claimed council officials wrote to McGregor, pictured in the 1995 film Trainspotting, pointing out that his mansion would need permission for certain works to be carried out due to its C-Listed protected status

McGregor previously visited a food van in Dundee and a restaurant in Perth as he spends time in the area. 

He left Scotland in his late teens to move to London to pursue his acting ambitions. He later moved to the US after his Hollywood career took off.

Architects in charge of the works have been asked to provide more details and a decision on any further action will then be made.

Perth and Kinross Council said they had no further updates.

A spokesman said earlier: ‘An allegation regarding this property was recently reported to us and our officers will consider the matter in line with our planning enforcement charter.’

Architects McKenzie Strickland Associates were asked for comment.





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