David and Victoria Beckham ‘lose’ planning row with neighbours after a dispute over privacy concerns at their £31.5m West London mansion
The Beckhams have been locked in a disagreement with neighbours over privacy concerns at their £31.5m west London home
In April, the couple won a planning battle against the resident after claiming that a proposed balcony may have overlooked their garden
But the neighbour sought advice from the council and submitted amended plans which have now been approved, according to reports
Ex-sportsman David, 45, and fashion designer Victoria, 46, had initially successfully blocked plans for a new internal layout, slate roof with roof light and a completely new outdoor space set out by their neighbour.
But the resident has since sought pre-planning advice from the council and submitted amended plans, which have now been approved, The Sun reports.
The power couple had won a planning battle in April after claiming the proposed balcony may have overlooked their garden.
They also claimed that installing a light in the roof of his property would ‘spoil’ the setting of their upscale townhouse in the Notting Hill area.
But their neighbour has since reviewed their designs and have now been given the green light by the local council.
A report by a council officer seen by the publication dismissed any fears of nearby properties being overlooked.
It stated: ‘There are no concerns with the impact of the proposal on the living conditions of neighbouring occupiers in terms of light, sense of enclosure, noise or privacy.’
It also gave permission for builders to work Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.
The reports came after the paper also claimed those who live close to David and Victoria’s Cotswold home believe the reported plans for ‘gatehouses and security huts’ will ‘ruin the ambience’ of the quaint Oxfordshire bolthole.
David has submitted plans to increase security with a gatehouse manned by 24-hour guards and an underground getaway tunnel.
His proposed security measures come as several footballers ramp up security at their homes, including Spurs midfielder Dele Alli, 24, who was held at knifepoint with his girlfriend Ruby Mae, 21, at his house in Hertfordshire last month.
They have applied to West Oxfordshire District Council for permission to build a gatehouse to ‘improve security for occupants’ at the mansion and surrounding grounds.
In the application it states two existing employees will work on the site full-time.
The Daily Star reports that these two members of staff are security guards who will man the security hut 24 hours a day.
Also included in the ex-England captain’s plans is an underground getaway tunnel which provides access from the main building to a proposed wine cellar under the existing garage.
The application is currently under review by councillors and a decision will be given in the coming weeks.
David and Victoria have also requested permission to add another three bays to their garage, increasing the building from four bays to seven.
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