Paul O’Grady’s partner in dispute with neighbour over late star’s £3million mansion

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Paul O’Grady’s widow has lost her battle with neighbours to replace their £3million farmhouse shed in Kent with a house three times the size.

The TV star initially received permission to build a groundskeeper’s outbuilding, gym and dance studio on a country estate that also features an outdoor pool, orchard and summer house.

Andre Portacio has established himself in the entertainment industry alongside his famous husband.

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Andre Portacio has established himself in the entertainment industry alongside his famous husband.Credit: Getty
But off-camera, Paul and Andre lived a happy life together.

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But off-camera, Paul and Andre lived a happy life together.Credit: Instagram

But after her husband’s death last year, Brazilian ballet dancer Andre Portacio inherited the property and wants to convert it into a stand-alone two-bedroom home.

He has applied to the local council for a “change of use” for the guard hut, which includes an office, kitchen and showers and is next to the family’s pet cemetery.

But local residents have accused him of trying to build a new house on his “back door” and slammed his plans to add a detached garage.

In their objection, neighbours said: “The application is in direct breach of the original planning conditions and, in my view, amounts to an attempt to gain planning permission for a major residential development at the back door which will undoubtedly be sold separately from the main building.”

“Given the site is so large, there is no doubt that there will still be a need for gardeners and landscapers, and workshops built for them.”

Lily Savage star O’Grady bought the six-bedroom farmhouse for £650,000 in 1999 but it is now thought to be worth up to £3million.

The 50-acre site is an Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and includes four acres of woodland in the Garden of England. Past and present neighbours include comedians Julian Clary and Alan Carr.

Permission to build the outbuilding was granted four years ago on the condition that it be “used only for incidental/auxiliary purposes to the enjoyment of the residence and not as a principal residence.”

But Ms Portacio says the guard hut is no longer needed after “For the Love of Dogs” presenter O’Grady died in March 2023, aged 67, in the home they shared.

He died from sudden arrhythmia and had suffered two heart attacks before his fatal collapse.

In a feasibility assessment, Mr Portacio’s planners said: “Mr Portacio is in the process of re-rationalising the estate. [the lodge] It no longer serves as a security office.

“With the recent death of well-known figure Paul O’Grady, it is no longer necessary.”

Ms Portacio, who first dated O’Grady in 2006 and married him in 2017, has the right to appeal the council’s decision within three months.

Paul had suffered two heart attacks and had been suffering from health problems prior to his death.

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Paul had suffered two heart attacks and had been suffering from health problems prior to his death.Credit: Unknown, evident on photo desk
Paul was famous for his animal television shows and kept many pets at his Kent mansion.

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Paul was famous for his animal television shows and kept many pets at his Kent mansion.Credit: Rex

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