Meanwhile they have submitted a new application for a home office.

Former footballer David Beckham and his fashion designer wife Victoria have been granted planning permission to build a new glasshouse and kitchen garden with raised beds at their Great Tew home near Chipping Norton.

They applied for permission to build a temporary 250-metre access road which would be in place for two years so the allotment and glasshouse can be built.

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But a public planning document from senior planner James Nelson dated August 25 says: “Further to our recent communication I confirm that the application described above has now been treated as withdrawn”.

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National newspaper reports suggested that in response to the application neighbours accused the Beckhams of “bringing suburbia” to the countryside and ridiculed the string of changes they have made to their £12million estate.

Since buying the three listed barns for £6,150,000 in 2016 the couple have added a new driveway and gates, an additional garage outbuilding, tennis court, treehouse, security hut, extension to the garage outbuilding and a landscaped pond.

One angry neighbour is reported to have told The Sun that he “wouldn’t be surprised if the celebrity couple applied for a funfair ride to be installed in the garden”.

In fact Oxfordshire County Council’s transport officials raised no objection to the track and just one neighbour objected, pointing out that it was listed as a ‘footpath’ with Oxfordshire County Council and on the Ramblers website as a public right of way.

Meanwhile the Beckhams have submitted a new planning application to convert the roof space of an outbuilding into a home office.

A planning statement states conservation rooflights will be added and access will be via a Tallet staircase on the outside.

The outbuilding is already in use for garden stores and as an office.

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Planning documents say the “minor alterations” will “not impact on the appearance of the outbuilding or harm the wider setting” and “there is no impact on neighbouring properties”. 

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But two neighbours say due to “the drip feeding” of various planning applications, including a log store, it amounts to “residential by the back door”.

One furious neighbour has made five submissions on the West Oxfordshire District Council planning portal, stating: “Many people locally indicated to West Oxfordshire Council the increase in the residential curtilage of this property will see an ever-increasing number of buildings and to date we have all been proved right.”

The Beckhams’ representative has been contacted by the Oxford Mail.


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