David and Victoria Beckham submit plans for an outhouse at their £6million Grade II-listed Cotswolds farmhouse – despite battles with neighbours over construction of a lake, wine cellar and guard house
- David and Victoria Beckham are continuing to develop Cotswolds farmhouse
- Latest application to build machinery store for fleet of tractors and lawn mowers
- Celebrity couple have moved back to £6 million Grade II-listed home full-time during lockdown after living in US
- They courted controversy with kidney-shaped lake and wine cellar projects
David and Victoria Beckham have revealed their latest plans to develop their sprawling Cotswolds home with a store for their fleet of tractors and lawnmowers.
Plans show the couple want a large ‘machinery’ shed at their £6 million bolthole on the Great Tew Estate will help with their hobbies of gardening and farming.
But they also need space for the large array of tools to help them tend to their sprawling lawns, tennis courts, treehouse and even a huge lake they have won planning permission to build.
The football legend, 46, and Spice Girl, 47, submitted the plans to West Oxfordshire District Council earlier this month.
A design statement says: ‘The proposed garden machinery store is to be used solely in association with the main dwelling house.
David and Victoria Beckham have revealed their latest plans to develop their sprawling £6million Cotswolds farmhouse with a store for their fleet of tractors and lawnmowers
Big plans: David and Victoria spent much of the UK’s first lockdown at their Oxfordshire farmhouse (pictured with children Brooklyn, Cruz, Harper and Romeo)
‘It will serve as a machinery store for tractors, lawn mowers and other machinery required to manage the garden and grounds, including the adjacent fields which the owners have leased from Great Tew Estate.’
The celebrity couple, who spent most of lockdown in the UK, are also planning a stylish driveway to the shed which will be covered with Cotswolds shingle.
The 55.8 square metre outbuilding will be of traditional design, and shielded from neighbours with hedgerows.
The building will also have an office if husband David needs to work on his new US football club Inter Miami, or if Victoria needs to put time into her multi-million pound fashion brand.
The couple say the design of the shed will fit in with the beautiful country pad.
Plans show the couple want a large ‘machinery’ shed at their £6 million bolthole on the Great Tew Estate will help with their hobbies of gardening and farming
The football legend, 46, and Spice Girl, 47, submitted the plans to West Oxfordshire District Council earlier this month
The building will also have an office if husband David needs to work on his new US football club Inter Miami, or if Victoria needs to put time into her multi-million pound fashion brand
The plans say: ‘The proposed garden machinery store will be completed using the same high-quality materials as used elsewhere on the site, with waney edged, horizontal weatherboard cladding to the walls, a plain clay tiled roof, timber doors and Crittall style metal windows.
‘The timber post and beam frame will be supported on staddle stones in local ironstone.’
And the superstar couple say they will install bat boxes and spaces for nesting birds to roost in the roof.
Despite enraging neighbours with their several huge plans to develop the farmhouse, no one has objected to their latest project so far.
They recently courted controversy by getting the green light to extend a huge kidney-shaped lake, and they also got permission for a massive wine cellar which could hold more than 7,000 bottles.
The couple recently courted controversy by getting the green light to extend a huge kidney-shaped lake at the southern end of their farmhouse
Controversial plans: The first idea was to create a kidney-shaped body of water, sized 2976 sq metres but the couple later expanded it to 4,170 sq metres and to add an island, measuring 122 square metres
The couple received permission to create the 2,976-square-metre water feature back in August, despite objections from furious residents, and again angered locals when they applied to increase the size by 40 per cent and build an island in the middle.
It seems they can finally finish the build after West Oxfordshire District Council’s assistant biodiversity officer approved the latest plans – as long as the family doesn’t use motorised boats, reports The Sun.
Neighbour Sue Jones, who has lived in the area for most of her life, wrote a furious letter to the council.
She said: ‘I must object in the strongest terms to this new proposal. I was an objector to the original plan and my concerns were ignored. I feel that his plan to enlarge the lake could increase the chances of flooding in the area considerably.’
Other neighbours objected to the original proposals for the lake, with Michael Douglas blasted the couple for ‘trying to bring suburbia to the countryside’.
Construction has already started at the home after the couple’s original plans to make the lake were approved back in August, they then requested to make it larger
He added: ‘If they had wanted all they have applied for, why not find an estate which was big enough to accommodate all of this.’
Other residents called it ‘ugly’, ‘monstrous’ and ‘out of keeping’ with the posh area.
However the Beckham’s proposals said the pond will recreate a classic English meadow scene. In the design statement it explained the lake would be surrounded by dozens of different types of grass, wildflowers, shrubs, bushes and trees.
The Beckhams and their children Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper spent the majority of lockdown in their Cotswolds bolthole, near to Chipping Norton where David Cameron and Jeremy Clarkson live.
The former Prime Minister installed an upmarket ‘shepherd’s hut’ which he used to write his memoirs.
The superstars are neighbours with trendy Soho Farmhouse – which is where Meghan Markle had her hen do weekend before marrying Prince Harry.
The barn conversion has log burning fires and exposed walls.
The incredible gardens are complete with a pool, tennis court and football pitch – built with a special viewing platform.
The couple have hosted some star-studded parties at the country bolthole, including for Brooklyn’s 21st birthday and the baptism of siblings Cruz and Harper.
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