Declan Donnelly spends over £2 million on ‘eyesore’ house next door in Grove Park

Images above: (L) Declan Donnelly; (R) Ant & Dec presenting I’m A Celebrity; photographs ITV

House will be restored to its former glory

TV presenter and Chiswick resident Declan Donnelly has reportedly splashed out £2.25 million on an ‘eyesore’ house next to his £7million home in Grove Park.

The house has been converted into flats and is reported to be causing concern locally due to its dilapidated state. Dec, alongside his wife Ali Astall, have made a move to remedy this by purchasing the property and outlining plans for its refurbishment.

The couple has now applied to Hounslow Council for planning permission to introduce side and rear extensions to the property, aiming to restore it to its former glory as a single home.  ‘Sources close to the couple’ have told showbiz reporters they are looking to bring it up to the standard of their home next door, which has a swimming pool, steam room and cinema.

The TV personality shares the Chiswick home with his wife Ali and their two children, Isla, aged five, and Jack, who recently celebrated his first birthday. Dec’s TV partner Ant also used to own a house in the same street, until he sold it when his marriage broke up.

Earlier this month a gang of thieves received jail sentences for up to three years for stealing high value cars in west London, including attempting to steal Dec’s Range Rover in April 2021 from his Grove Park home.

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The tabloids have had fun reporting the renovation story. The Sun have gone for a DIY pun in their headline: ‘D.I.Why Aye’, while the Mirror reported: ‘The ITV star snapped up the home straight after it hit the market’, and have spoken to ‘an insider close to the Donnelly family who described the street in Grove Park as ‘very swanky’:

“The street Dec lives in is very swanky and lined with large detached houses and his place is one of the most impressive mansions there.”

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