Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is in hot water with his local council over plans to remove a medieval hook in his £6million Essex Elizabethan mansion.
The 43-year-old has clashed with planning officials at Braintree Council over plans to move an ancient pot hook so he can ‘create new dishes using historical cooking methods’.
However, according to the council, there is ‘no clear evidence to support its removal’ from a bedroom to a kitchen.
Jamie purchased the Grade I listed property late last year and recently moved his wife Jools and their five children into the 16th century Spains Halls.
Spains Hall (pictured above) is a 16th century mansion which Jamie Oliver purchased late last year
Jamie and Jools Oliver (pictured above) with their children (left to right) Daisy Boo Pamela, Buddy Bear Maurice, Poppy Honey Rosie and Petal Blossom Rainbow as well as the newest arrival River
Trammel hooks (pictured above) are often used in kitchen for hanging pots over a fire
Listed buildings are considered nationally important and therefore in most cases have extra legal permission when it comes to planning and any amendments to the property.
Planning documents submitted to Braintree District Council show that the chef wants to move the ‘trammel’ hook, which was once used to hold a pot over a kettle, over a fire while cooking.
Documents also show that he plans to strip out book shelves from the library, sort out the historic floorboards, repair windows and replace beams.
Jamie had described the work as ‘moderate in nature’ and speaking to The Express, a source close to the chef said that the proposed works would help the Oliver family achieve their ideal home.
The family purchased the property for around £6million late last year. Pictured above one of the bedrooms in the property
Jamie is said to have purchased the home just months after ploughing millions into his restaurant business. Pictured above, the dining room
‘It’s an interesting feature and could help Jamie to create fantastic dishes using older cooking methods.
‘The family also want to create a perfect family home and these works will help them achieve that.’
Other groups consulted about the change included Historic England. Planning documentation stated that the group supported the work.
‘The existing fireplace arrangement in Bedroom 3 does not appear historic and while it incorporates historic fabric, most notably the fire-crane, we would have no objection to these items being removed and placed in safe storage for potential reuse elsewhere within the property.’
The chef now wants to complete ‘moderate work’ on the property. Pictured above one of the lounge areas
Planning application advice was given by Historic England in March and the outcome stated that the work would be undertaken in a ‘subtle form with no additional elements of built form being added’.
It added that the differences to the detailing of the building would be minimal.
‘It is therefore considered that the proposed works would represent the smallest possible disruption to the character and fabric of the Listen Building.
‘This point is supported by English Heritage and the Historic Buildings Advisor of Essex Country Council and it is therefore considered that there is no reason to object the application on these grounds.’
Jamie’s Italian has suffered major losses, resulting in the celebrity chef putting his own money its the business
The property sits in a 70-acre site and was purchased last year after Jamie’s restaurant business, ‘Jamie’s Italian’, suffered major losses, resulting in the chef ploughing £13 million of his own money into the restaurant chain.
In 2017 the restaurant chain lost almost £20million and was forced to close several of its branches.
At the time the company stated that it was struggling in the casual dining sector, which also resulted in other chains such as Byron Burger closing some branches.
MailOnline has contacted Jamie Oliver’s representatives and Braintree District Council.