Clooneys finally fence off their land

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George and Amal Clooney have been granted permission to install cameras and new security fencing around their Berkshire home after a lengthy battle with the council.

Celebrities and high net worth individuals are increasingly opting to live in Britain, and the Clooneys have joined Brad Pitt, Madonna, Tim Burton, Kevin Spacey and more. Understandably, these celebrities often want to beef up security on their sprawling country estates. George and his wife are determined to protect themselves and their privacy on their £10 million, Grade II listed Aberlash House in Sonning Eye, Reading.

The river and surrounding countryside provide ample cover and access for paparazzi and potential intruders. The Clooneys were inevitably going to want to improve security at their new home, but that is not a simple matter with a Grade II listed building, as every major modification to the property must go through the planning permission process.

Builders originally erected a lattice fence, but the local council stepped in and demanded that they remove it as it wasn’t the requisite eight feet from the riverbank. Since then, the Clooneys’ lawyers have been locked in discussions with the council. Finally, the celebrity couple has secured permission for a series of new perimeter fences, new gatehouses and a CCTV system with cameras mounted on 18-foot poles.

The Clooneys’ neighbours and the local parish council initially objected to the proposals for security cameras, feeling that their own privacy would be compromised by the security system. The council also believed that the cameras, which were initially going to be mounted on even taller poles, would create a visual intrusion in a well-known conservation area.

After lengthy negotiations, most of the Clooneys’ proposals have been accepted, including an aggressive new security fence to protect the property, an extension to the annexe building that will become a luxurious gym, steam room, boathouse, a sophisticated gatehouse that will control access to the property.

Buying and securing a Grade II listed building is not as simple as it seems, especially if you’re a household name. Everything is possible, though, especially if your security specialists know about planning laws and design a sympathetic system for the local community and the land itself.

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About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai.  It manufactures to ISO 9001 standards. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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