RUBEN Loftus-Cheek has landed in hot water with planners after building 6ft-high garden decking without permission – three YEARS ago.
The Chelsea star, 23, currently sidelined through injury, has applied for retrospective consent to be allowed to keep the three-tier timber structure at his £1.8million Surrey home.
Papers lodged at his local council show that the composite decking, complete with steps and steel rope handrail, was built in 2016 without pre-application advice from a planning officer, and the construction took a month to complete.
A neighbour of Loftus-Cheek, who lives near the Blues’ Cobham training ground, is believed to have alerted the council.
Two years ago, the midfielder won a battle with residents to build an extension to his five-bedroom pad.
The current application was made in the name of Loftus-Cheek’s mother, Juliette, who lives at the property.
Officials at Elmbridge Council are expected to make a decision on the decking next month.
Loftus-Cheek is also expected to return to training next month after being sidelined since May.
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