DAVID Beckham appears to have won a war with his neighbour over plans to ramp up security at their Cotswolds home with a gatehouse for two guards.
One local had insisted the scheme was out of place for the area, lodging an official complaint saying: "Farms and agricultural buildings do not have gatehouses and security huts.”
However, the objection has now been removed, clearing the way for David's plan for the Fort Knox-style measures to be built at his farmhouse estate.
The security post would be manned 24 hours a day – even when David and wife Victoria are not in residence at their £6million Cotswolds home.
Paperwork showed the 45-year-old football ace's plan to build a three-room wooden building for guards as well as an underground getaway tunnel and wine cellar.
Their plans were submitted to West Oxfordshire District Council with locals invited to comment on the idea.
One opponent had insisted it "totally out of keeping" for the idyllic rural area.
But now that the remark appears to have been withdrawn from the application, the plans are more likely to be approved.
David and Victoria, 46, have been spending lockdown in their Cotswolds home with three of their children, Romeo, 17, Cruz, 15, and Harper, eight. Their eldest son Brooklyn, 21, is in Los Angeles.
And it seems all the time they spent there during lockdown has left them wishing to expand the place.
Becks' request states: “This application seeks planning permission for a new garden outbuilding/gatehouse located by the existing access and driveway, together with the change of use of an area of land measuring approximately 125 sq. m. from amenity use to residential use to allow the site of the proposed outbuilding to be included within the residential curtilage.
“The proposed use of the outbuilding is solely in association with the main dwelling house. It will serve as a gatehouse to improve security for the occupants of the property.”
Planning agents for the property added: “The proposed development includes a new basement cellar constructed beneath the extension to the existing garage outbuilding with a linked walkway.
“The basement cellar beneath is for storage of wine and the proposed use of the outbuilding is solely in association with the main dwelling house, it will improve security for the occupants of the property.
“The proposed [garage] extension adds three new bays to the existing garage outbuilding, increasing the building from four bays to seven.”
Councillors will rule on the plan for the security gatehouse in the coming weeks.
However, the couple have another planning showdown on their hands back in their £31million London pad.
The Sun Online revealed that David and Victoria made strong complaints to a neighbour's planning application because it may have overlooked their garden – but now the resident has resubmitted new plans.
The council has even suggested they meet up to resolve their differences.
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