Actor Tom Hardy can keep high-end cladding he put on an extension to his £3.4m home in Richmond -- despite an alleged planning breach.

The Peaky Blinders star was given permission to build a two-storey extension at his large Georgian home in 2013.

But last year a local tipped off the council, claiming the actor's application only allowed him to use clad tiling - but he had put up white-oiled Siberian larch timber finish instead.

Hardy's planning agent was forced to submit a retrospective application to keep the extension as it is - and the proposal was accepted by the council.

The decision by Richmond Council last month means Hardy won't have to take down the cladding on his five-bed home.

Outlining their decision, a planner at London Borough of Richmond Council said the plans would not "detract from the wider street scene."

The 41-year-old was given the go-ahead to demolish a single-storey side extension and build a two-storey replacement in 2013.

It was alleged he had not stuck to the exact details of his granted application, by using different materials on his home, according to planning documents.

The council also discovered a window been moved from the right to the left of the extension, documents said.

His alleged mistake apparently went unnoticed for five years, until someone informed the council, who contacted the actor, letters claim.

Council workers said in the planning documents that he could either tear down the larch or submit a new application..

Hardy's agent resubmitted the plans in October 2018 asking to keep the wood.

A representative for his agents Howard Sharp and Partners LLP said when it was built, Hardy was "very keen to ensure a high quality material" was used.

They said the white oiled Siberian Larch timber was chosen because it "was seen by the applicants to positively respond to the overall contemporary design of the extension."

They said the window was position to get a better internal layout and added: "Our clients were somewhat surprised to be notified over an alleged breach of planning control."

London Borough of Richmond Council approved Mr Hardy's retrospective application on December 10.