David and Victoria Beckham reportedly won their battle to build a large lake with their own island in their £ 6million Cotswolds mansion.
The couple already received permission in August to create a 2,976 square meter kidney-shaped water feature. despite objections from angry residents, and they once again angered locals when they asked to increase the size by 40 percent in December.
And now it seems they can finally finish construction after the West Oxfordshire District Council's assistant biodiversity officer approves the latest plans – as long as the family doesn't use motorized boats, reports The Sun.
Green light: David and Victoria Beckham have reportedly won their battle to build a large lake with their own island in their £ 6million Cotswolds mansion
It is believed that the biodiversity officer approved the extension of the listed house after initially worrying about the use of boats on the lake.
They said, “I understand that the justification for the change in design is to make an aesthetic improvement and further improve the site for biodiversity. I think that is satisfactory. & # 39;
However, they added that some restrictions should apply and continue, "So I recommend applying a specific condition related to the type of boat to be used on the water, such as restricting the use of speedboats . "
Although speedboats do not appear to be in operation, the family should still be able to enjoy rowing as the official added that "non-motorized boats" would be "acceptable".
A Beckhams representative declined to comment.
Getting there: Construction on the house has already begun after the couple's original plans to build the lake were approved back in August. Then a request was made to enlarge the lake
David and Victoria caused a sensation with residents with their plans to add the lake to their home, where they spent much of Britain's first lockdown.
The energy couple had already asked for permission in December to increase the size of the lake to 4,170 square meters and to add a 122 square meter island.
The latest change to the pad in Great Tew, near the famous Chipping Norton hotspot, is believed to make the pond about half the size of a soccer field.
Neighbor Sue Jones, who has lived in the area for most of her life, wrote an angry letter to the council.
She said, “I must strongly oppose this new proposal. I was opposed to the original plan and my concerns were ignored. I think his plan to enlarge the lake could greatly increase the likelihood of flooding in the area.
Big Plans: David and Victoria made a splash with residents with their plans to add the lake to their home, where they spent much of the UK's first lockdown (pictured with kids Brooklyn, Cruz, Harper and Romeo).
“Besides, the lake just looks too big for the area in which it is located. It does not correspond to the area and what is planned next? Motorboats race up and down and destroy the peace? It's just not turned on and shouldn't be allowed. & # 39;
Other neighbors turned down the original proposals for the lake, and Michael Douglas beat the couple up for "trying to bring suburbs to the country."
He added, "If they wanted everything they asked for, why not find a property large enough to hold all of this."
Other residents called it "ugly", "monstrous" and "out of step" with the posh area.
Beckham's suggestions, however, were that the pond will recreate a classic English meadow scene. The design statement stated that the lake would be surrounded by dozens of different types of grass, wildflowers, shrubs, bushes, and trees.
Serenity: Beckham's earlier proposals said the pond would recreate a classic English meadow scene (pictured together).
It said, "The mixture will bloom all summer, giving bees, hoverflies and butterflies a feast of nectar and pollen."
The couple are in a race against time to have the water feature built by February as a plan Regulations for the workers originally appointed by the lake can only be on site between August and February to protect breeding birds.
The council has also said the couple will need to plant hedges and trees to protect native birds and use special lights to help bats.
It must also have an underground chamber – known as a hibernacula – to support reptiles, amphibians, and hedgehogs.
The Beckhams were also required to submit a five-year maintenance plan to show how they will support the area's biodiversity.
Move better! The couple (pictured) are in a race against time to have the water feature built by February as planning regulations state that workers can no longer be on site
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