Property wars: Boris Johnson’s sister Rachel wages war over neighbour’s iceberg basement

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Rachel Johnson has hit out at planning laws as she teamed up with neighbours to oppose the application for the digging-out of a "wildly unsuitable" iceberg basement near her Notting Hill home.

She described planning laws, designed for building 100 years ago, as the problem – with councils powerless to reject repeated applications.

The problem is planning law – framed 100 years ago when nobody thought of digging a double basement in a built up area – which means that councils are powerless to reject their repeated applications.

Rachel Johnson