David and Victoria Beckham Cotswolds home plans backed despite environmental concerns

The Beckham household will be feeling a sense of relief after being given the go ahead to build a log store at their Cotswolds home. The proposal had received some backlash, with objectors saying it was “flying in the face” of the Government’s Clean Air Strategy.

A member of the public who objected to the plans from David and Victoria said they did not like the idea because it was “a log store to keep wood to be burned dry”, reports The Express. Their response added: “Save the Planet.”

But the planning officer who responded to the concerns stated: “The principle of development is established and the proposed design changes will result in no material impact with regard to neighboring amenity, highways, ecology or drainage. The proposed design changes, as described, echo the forms and materials of the approved structure and would therefore appear in keeping with the character of the site.”

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They added: “The changes are considered minor in nature and would be barely perceptible from off-site meaning the wider visual appreciation of the proposed changes would be negligible.”

The Beckhams have also applied to build an outhouse at their Grade II listed Cotswolds property where planning permission required the building offer an “attractive environment for nesting birds and bats”. This application is still being evaluated by West Oxfordshire District Council.

Planners have stated that details of at least one integrated bat box and one integrated bird box within the walls of the new building must be submitted for approval before the erection of any external walls. The celebrity couple must also “ensure that bats, birds, badgers, hedgehogs, reptiles and amphibians are protected in accordance with the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981”.

Things that are definitely not allowed when planning a new building in this location are outdoor fixtures which “would directly illuminate the bat box or the hedge-row without prior approval to protect roosting, foraging or community bats”. The Beckhams purchased their Cotswolds home in 2016 and, when they are not in, are likely to be at home in either London or Miami.

On Father’s Day, Victoria shared some pictures of David and their children wishing him a good day and calling him: “The most loving Daddy in the world.”

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