Bob Geldof's Plan to Build Monet-Inspired Pond Gets the Green Light

The 'I Don't Like Mondays' hitmaker has gotten officials' approval for creating the huge wildlife feature, inspired by the French artist's Water Lilies paintings, in his Kent, England home.

AceShowbiz - Bob Geldof has been granted permission to build a pond inspired by one at famed French artist Claude Monet's former home.

The "I Don't Like Mondays" hitmaker's planning application for the huge wildlife feature - which will measure 130 by 65 feet (39 by 20 meters) and be eight feet (2.4 meters) deep in the grounds of his home in Kent, England - approved by officials last week (ends October 29), according to the Daily Mail.

Documents submitted to Swale Borough Council mentioned the pond at Monet's place in France - which he depicted over 250 times in his fabled Water Lilies paintings - as the "design inspiration."

They stated, "The design inspiration for the pond has come from Monet's pond at Giverny, with a mix of fresh-water plants and trees to maximize the biodiversity value. The environmental benefits are considered to outweigh any perceived 'less than substantial' harm to the setting of the listed buildings nearby, however the buildings are well distanced to be physically unaffected by the development."

"A critical element of the project is that these new ponds will have clean water. This is important because most countryside ponds are now badly damaged by pollution, and evidence shows that pond wildlife is declining across the U.K."

Although the application was approved following a 15-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Boomtown Rats frontman and his wife, Jeanne Marine, must hire archaeologists to monitor the works as two trial trenches at the 12th century estate revealed deposits containing medieval remains, including building materials.

The pond will provide a home for wildlife including frogs, birds and insects. It will also be listed as a contribution to the One Million Ponds Project, an initiative designed to increase freshwater wildlife habitats throughout the United Kingdom.

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