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Tim Burton wants to remake £11m mansion after buying it from actor Tom Conti

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Movie director Tim Burton wants to remake £11m mansion with new spiral staircase and conservatory less than a year after buying it from actor Tom Conti

  • Edward Scissorhands director Tim Burton bought Hampstead mansion from Tom Conti earlier this year 
  • House designed by mathematician William Garnett said to be inspired by Lewis Carroll poem Jabberwocky
  • Burton plans to build caretaker’s flat, grand spiral staircase, new chimney stacks and sprawling garden wall 

Hollywood director Tim Burton is set to give his fashionable £11million Hampstead mansion an overhaul complete with a caretaker’s flat and spiral staircase less than a year after he bought it from actor Tom Conti. 

The eccentric Edward Scissorhands director has been given the green light to renovate the Edwardian property in north London’s exclusive enclave, after buying it in the wake of his split with actress Helena Bonham Carter. 

Tom Conti sold the home to Burton after slashing the price from £17.5million, blaming ‘immoral’ rates of stamp duty for his struggle to sell the property at the original asking price.  

The 6,649 sq ft home boasts a home cinema, large gardens, a library and a roof terrace with views over London. 

Burton plans to maintain the minstrels’ gallery and ground-floor ballroom, where Hollywood star Rod Steiger, rock legend David Bowie and classical conductor Sir Georg Solti have partied over the years. 

Tim Burton bought his home in north London's exclusive enclave from the actor Tom Conti in November 2018 for £11million

Tim Burton bought his home in north London’s exclusive enclave from the actor Tom Conti in November 2018 for £11million 

The Edward Scissorhands director has been given the green light to renovate the Edwardian property

The Edward Scissorhands director has been given the green light to renovate the Edwardian property

Burton bought the property from Conti in the wake of his split with Helena Bonham Carter

Tom Conti

Burton bought the property from Conti (right) in the wake of his split with Helena Bonham Carter (together left). Burton and Bonham Carter lived in adjoining properties in Hampstead before their separation in 2014

Designed in 1903 by mathematician and educationist William Garnett, the house is thought to have been inspired by Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem Jabberwocky. 

Burton has made the films Alice In Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass, both based on the Victorian author’s books.  

Under the plans, Burton is set to demolish a two-storey side extension and replace it with ‘a caretaker’s flat’.

The 61-year-old – whose films include Corse Bride, Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas – is also set to replace a conservatory.

He will install a grand spiral staircase between the ground and first floors of the property and plans to take down and rebuild the chimney stacks and a new sprawling garden wall.

Burton has also been granted permission to carry out repairs to weather-damaged brickwork and replace all of the windows.  

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Before purchasing the property, Burton and Bonham Carter lived in adjoining properties in Hampstead before their separation in 2014. 

Designed in 1903 by mathematician and educationist William Garnett, the house is thought to have been inspired by Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem Jabberwocky

Designed in 1903 by mathematician and educationist William Garnett, the house is thought to have been inspired by Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem Jabberwocky

Under the plans, Tim Burton is set to demolish a two-storey side extension and replace it with 'a caretaker's flat'

Under the plans, Tim Burton is set to demolish a two-storey side extension and replace it with ‘a caretaker’s flat’

The 61-year-old Hollywood director lodged plans with his local council to extensively renovate his Edwardian home

The 61-year-old Hollywood director lodged plans with his local council to extensively renovate his Edwardian home

Originally listed at £17.5million three years ago, Conti reduced the asking price of the five-bedroom house by £6.5million

Originally listed at £17.5million three years ago, Conti reduced the asking price of the five-bedroom house by £6.5million

Originally listed at £17.5million three years ago, Conti, the Scottish star of Shirley Valentine, reduced the asking price of the five-bedroom house by £6.5million and Burton snapped it up in November 2018.  

It also boasts a dressing room, a study and a room dedicated to games and dancing 

Burton’s plans were lodged in July and approved by the council last month.

In planning documents, Daniel Pope, chief planning officer, said: ‘The proposed extension is considered to retain a subordinate relationship to the host building and is of an appropriate design by virtue of its matching red brickwork the door would be enlarged from a single door to a pair of double doors.

‘The windows would be sympathetic to the host building where replacement is proposed, these will either match existing, or will be replaced with a window design that is considered to be more in keeping with the character and appearance of the building.

‘The replacement windows will be single glazed and it is proposed to replace an unsympathetic fixed wired glass window at ground floor level with painted timber louvres. These proposals are considered to be acceptable.’  

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