Boris Johnson wanted £150,000 treehouse in Checkers, reports say | Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson planned to build a £150,000 treehouse for his son in Checkers but was arrested when police raised safety concerns, it has been reported.
The Prime Minister and his wife, Carrie Johnson, wanted to install the structure in the fall of 2020, according to a report by The Times. But they were forced to abandon plans for the treehouse – which would have been built with expensive bulletproof glass – because they feared it would be visible from the side of the road, it has been claimed .
It is understood there have been discussions about the project funded by David Brownlow, a Tory donor, and designs have been prepared.
The proposals were canceled after Johnson’s close protection officers raised security concerns. However, Downing Street sources have claimed the Prime Minister was also warned about the prospect of spending £150,000 on a tree house.
It was far from certain that permission would have been granted by the Checkers Trust, the body that manages the Buckinghamshire mansion, due to the number of protected trees surrounding Checkers.
Johnson declined to comment on the claims in an interview with reporters traveling with him to Rwanda, where he is attending a Commonwealth leaders’ summit. He said, “I’m not going to comment on non-existent items or non-existent jobs to do with my family,” he said.
A government spokesman said there were currently no treehouses in Checkers, and there were no plans to build one in the future. They added: ‘We do not comment on private or family matters that do not involve any ministerial statements or taxpayers’ money.
It is not the first time that the Prime Minister and his wife’s home improvement plans have sparked controversy. Fresh off their landslide election victory in December 2019, the couple continued to renovate the residence they inherited from Theresa and Philip May.
The refurbishment, under the direction of high-end designer Lulu Lytle, cost at least £112,000 and included gold-coloured wallpaper and fittings.
The Electoral Commission has launched an investigation into whether a £52,000 donation from Lord Brownlow’s company, Huntswood Associates Ltd, was declared correctly. He concluded the donation had not been declared correctly and fined the party £17,000. Johnson then refunded the money.