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Outrage as Kensington Palace's [pounds sterling]24million mega-basement plans approved despite 'flouting council rules'; Plans for a two-storey basement at Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex's official residence have been approved - and neighbours are not impressed.

Byline: Charlotte Neal

Neighbours say they are furious as work on a [pounds sterling]24million two-storey mega-basement atKensington Palaceis due to start - despite it apparently flouting rules.

Local planning law dictates the ban on two-storey basements in the royal borough, but Kensington and Chelsea Council said it was approved anyway because it will be of "economic benefit" to the nation.

Neighbours have been told work at the official residence of the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex will begin in September.

It is believed it could take more than two years to complete the massive project,reports the Sun.

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But neighbours are unhappy about the predicted "20 trucks a day coming and going".

"It's ridiculous," local Donald Cameron said.

The area set for development is 200yds from Britain's most expensive street, Kensington Palace Gardens.

Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich has a mansion on "London's Billionaire Row", as it is nicknamed, which is also reportedly home to scores of other wealthy residents, including the Saudi royal family.

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In 2016, residents of the Crown Estate-owned private road kicked up a fuss about a proposed cycling Quietway, which they said would compromise security by opening the area up "to the masses".

Kensington Palace and Historic Royal Palaces declined to comment on the work.

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Kensington and Chelsea Council said the basement would be of "economic benefit" to the nation

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Kensington Palace is the official residence of Harry, Meghan, Kate and William

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge live at the palace with their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis

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Harry and Meghan were married in St George's Chapel, in Windsor, in May

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Date:Jun 25, 2018
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