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The councils met Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan's plans to turn the dream Essex castle into a fortress.


Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan's plans to turn their dream family home into a fortress have been criticized by two local councils.

The couple have demolished a £ 1.3 million farmhouse and are building a five-bedroom home in Essex with a bar, gym and outdoor pool.

They recently submitted a new planning application to make the property safer by surrounding it with a "rendered wall" between 1.8 and 2.1 meters high.

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan's plans to turn their dream family home into a fortress have been criticized by two local councils

Both Epping Forest District Council and Stanford Rivers Parish Council have opposed the "inappropriate" plans, claiming that they did not match the tone of the "rural area" and would have to cut trees to make way for the wall.

There is a public right of way on one side of the property, which the objections claim would be blocked.

The Epping Forest District Council wrote: “This place is in a very rural area on a small country road.

“While we accept that the existing conifer screen may be seen as incongruent in this setting, it would be totally inappropriate to replace it with a 2.1 m high wall and the rural landscape could not be improved.

Massive work: The couple have demolished a £ 1.3 million farmhouse and are building a five-bedroom home in Essex with a bar, gym and outdoor pool

Massive work: The couple have demolished a £ 1.3 million farmhouse and are building a five-bedroom home in Essex with a bar, gym and outdoor pool

Plan: They recently filed a new planning application to make the property safer by surrounding it with a "rendered wall" between 6 and 6 feet high

Plan: They recently filed a new planning application to make the property safer by surrounding it with a "rendered wall" between 6 and 6 feet high

Unimpressed: Both Epping Forest District Council and Stanford Rivers Parish Council have criticized the "inappropriate" plans

Unimpressed: Both Epping Forest District Council and Stanford Rivers Parish Council have criticized the "inappropriate" plans

Inconsistent: The councils claimed the plans did not match the tone of the "rural area" and they would have to cut trees to make way for the wall

Public right of way: There is a public right of way on one side of the property which the objections claim would be blocked

Inconsistent: The councils claimed the plans did not match the tone of the "rural area" and they would have to cut trees to make way for the wall

Rural Setting: The Epping Forest District Council wrote, “This place is in a very rural area on a small country road

Rural Setting: The Epping Forest District Council wrote, “This place is in a very rural area on a small country road

Incongruent: "Although we accept that the existing conifer screen may be viewed as incongruent within this setting," read the report

Not OK: "Replacing it with a 2.1 meter high wall would be completely out of control and would not improve the rural landscape," it continued

Incongruent: "Although we accept that the existing conifer screen may be viewed as incongruent within this setting," read the report

& # 39; None of the other properties on this trail have such inappropriate borderline treatments.

& # 39; We also note that the wall is on the right side of the proposed entrance within trees.

“The trees and forests are protected by a forest tree protection ordinance. Therefore, tree reports should be submitted to support the proposal. This can potentially result in the loss or damage of important tree assets.

& # 39; Our records also show a public right of way and a review of the final public rights of way map on the Essex County Council website confirms that no changes have been made to the route.

"If the walls were built as suggested, it would block access to that right of way."

Inappropriate: "None of the other properties on this lane have such inappropriate borderline treatments," the report said

Note: "We also find that the wall is on the right side of the proposed entrance within trees," he continued

Inappropriate: "None of the other properties on this lane have such inappropriate borderline treatments," the report said

Protected: "The trees and forests are protected by a Forest Tree Protection Ordinance, so tree reports should be submitted to support the proposal ..."

Protected: "The trees and forests are protected by a Forest Tree Protection Ordinance, so tree reports should be submitted to support the proposal …"

Damage: The report stated that the proposed work could potentially result in the loss or damage of vital tree assets.

Damage: The report stated that the proposed work could potentially result in the loss or damage of vital tree assets.

Blocking Access: "If the walls are built as suggested, access to this right of way will be blocked."

Blocking Access: "If the walls are built as suggested, access to this right of way will be blocked."

Objections: The local council was just as devastating about the plans and declared: "The local council contradicts this request."

Objections: The local council was just as devastating about the plans and declared: "The local council contradicts this request."

The parish council was just as devastating about the plans, stating, “The parish council opposed this motion.

“The design of the high walls, along with the pillars and gates, does not match the rural setting and would affect the rural nature of this particular area of ​​the municipality.

"In addition, there is currently a public footpath running through this property, and while we know there may be applications to change this in the future, we have not currently been able to support a planning proposal that would effectively block a public right of way."

Rural environment: "The design of the high walls, pillars and gates does not match the rural environment."

Rural environment: "The design of the high walls, pillars and gates does not match the rural environment."

Public way? "In addition, there is currently a public footpath through this property."

Public way? "In addition, there is currently a public footpath through this property."

Future changes: & # 39; There may be applications to change this in the future ... & # 39;

Unsupported: "... we could not currently support a planning application that would effectively block a public right of way."

Future changes: "There could be possible motions to change this in the future. We could not currently support a planning motion that would effectively block a public right of way."

No problem! Both councils did not mind adding a wooden gate with plastered pillars

No problem! Both councils did not mind adding a wooden gate with plastered pillars

Great Designs: Former TOWIE star and Corrie actress have also applied for a Hollywood-style roundabout driveway for their fleet of vehicles

Great Designs: Former TOWIE star and Corrie actress have also applied for a Hollywood-style roundabout driveway for their fleet of vehicles

Both councils did not mind adding a wooden gate with plastered pillars.

The former TOWIE star and Corrie actress have also applied for a Hollywood-style roundabout driveway for their fleet of vehicles.

You'll also want folding doors for all the windows on the ground floor in the back so the whole house opens up to the pool area and Mark has his mini soccer field.

Mark Wright representatives described the allegations as "nonsense" when raised by MailOnline

Michelle Keegan's representatives declined to comment when approached by MailOnline.

Breathtaking Views: You also want folding doors for all the windows on the ground floor

Breathtaking Views: You also want folding doors for all the windows on the ground floor

Plans for a Pool: The whole house opens to the pool area and where Mark has his mini soccer field

Plans for a Pool: The whole house opens to the pool area and where Mark has his mini soccer field

Is not it? Mark Wright's representatives called the allegations "nonsense".

Is not it? Mark Wright's representatives called the allegations "nonsense".