Kate Winslet faces fresh battle with environmentalists over plans to build a 500ft SEA WALL at her £4.1m West Sussex home (after initially backing down over threat to wildlife)

The Oscar-winning actress, 42, originally wanted to install a 170m (558ft) boulder and gravel barrier to guard her 17th century, eight-bedroom coastal property from flooding back in 2015.

But she later backed down and caved into Natural England who feared the defence would threaten protected birds nesting on the specially designated nature site which is home to geese, ducks, herons, terns, cormorants and egrets.

Government advisers Natural England were backed by a local conservation body who said the plans would threaten habitats that rare species depend on.

Now, two years on, multi-BAFTA winner Winslet has submitted revised plans for a 150m (492ft) timber sea defence on the foreshore of her Grade II listed home in West Sussex.

According to property website Zoopla, Winslet paid £3.2million for the pad four years ago but it is now worth £4.1million after a basement swimming pool, poll house and garage was added. It already boasts a media room and 'butlers pantry'. She lives there with her husband, Richard Branson's nephew Ned Rocknroll, and her three children.
据物业网站Zoopla表示,温斯莱特在四年前支付了320万英镑购买了这幢房子,之后增加了地下游泳池,和车库之后,现在价值已达到410万英镑。另外, 房子还有一个多媒体室和“管家储藏室”。 她和丈夫理查德·布兰森,以及丈夫的侄子内德·洛克诺尔以及她的三个孩子一起住在那里。

In a letter to the council, she wrote: 'This will need to take into account the impact from the proposal during the construction period on the habitats and protected species but also the operational impacts post construction (for example the risks of coastal squeeze and the reflection of wave action).

The proposed sea defence would protect the property from erosion from the waves, which is currently occurring at a slow rate of 0.1m per year.

Planners are expected to make a decision next month (December 14th) and other famous residents who live in the area include Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst.

If Winslet gets the go ahead, the work is expected to be carried out in April after the winter migrating bird season to avoid disturbance, and will require a mini digger.