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David and Victoria Beckham 'get the green light to build super wine cellar housing 7,000 bottles'

David and Victoria Beckham have reportedly been given the green light to build a super cellar housing 7,000 bottles of wine under their £6million Cotswolds home. 

The couple are said to have gained approval from West Oxfordshire District Council for grander plans submitted to renovate their basement under the garage into a wine treasure trove. 

David, 45, and Victoria, 46, applied to extend the space from the originally proposed 81 sq metres to 117.5 sq metres last month.

Cheers! David and Victoria Beckham have reportedly got the green light to build a super cellar housing 7,000 bottles of wine at their £6million Cotswolds home 

Figures, according to Royal Institute of British Architects 2011 The Case for Space Report, show that the expansion will be considerably larger than the average 88 sq metres size of a newbuild three-bedroom house in the UK.  

The Sun reports the Beckhams have been granted three years to start the development, which will also see the garage expanded to fit four more vehicles from their luxury fleet of motors.

MailOnline has contacted David and Victoria's representatives for comment.  

Work: The couple are said to have gained approval from West Oxfordshire District Council for grander plans submitted to renovate their basement under the garage

Super cellar: David, 45, and Victoria, 46, applied to extend the space from the originally proposed 81 sq metres to 117.5 sq metres last month

Huge: Figures show that the expansion will be considerably larger than the average 88 sq metres size of a new build three-bedroom house in the UK

The initial plan, which was approved in June, was for the cellar to be connected for the main house by an underground walkway.

But David and Victoria amended their planning application last month because they wanted the basement space bigger instead. 

Outlining how the amendments would have only a minor affect on the original plans, The Design and Access Statement reads: 'The proposed changes include some amendments to the arrangement of the doors, windows, rooflights and flues of the approved garage outbuilding. 

Finer things in life: David is known for splashing the cash when it comes to alcohol (pictured in 2018)

'The proposed amendments are minor in nature and do not affect neighbouring properties or have any impact on the setting of the adjacent listed building.'  

The cellar plans are just some of the changes the Beckham clan have planned for their Grade II listed pad, of which they've spent the majority of last year in.  

The ex-England captain and his wife won permission in August for a 2,976 square metre kidney-shaped water feature in the garden, despite objections from furious residents. 

Grand designs: The cellar plans are just some of the changes the Beckham clan have planned for their Grade II listed pad, of which they've spent the majority of last year in

They have also installed a sauna, which didn't require council approval. 

But the pair have now sparked more wrath from neighbours after submitting plans to make the lake even bigger just months later.

The Beckhams have asked West Oxfordshire District Council if they can increase the lake size to 4,170 sq metres and add an island, measured at 122 sq metres.

It looks like the super-couple will get the green light, with scientists saying the lake shouldn't disturb wildlife in the countryside idyll.

However assistant biodiversity officer Esther Frizell-Armitage has asked for motorboats to be banned on the water so they don't disturb the fauna.

That means if the Beckhams want to make it to the island they will have to row. 

Water feature: The ex-England captain and his wife won permission in August for a 2,976 square metre kidney-shaped water feature in the garden 

She said: 'It is important to ensure that there are restrictions on the boating use of the pond.

'I therefore recommend that a specific condition is applied that refers to the type of boats to be used on the water, such as restricting the use of speedboats.

'I would consider non-motorised boats, such as rowing boats, to be acceptable.

'This is to minimise disturbance to wildlife, such as birds associated with the pond, especially as the main purpose of the pond is to enhance the site for biodiversity.' 

West Oxfordshire District Council should make its decision early this year.

The super couple are in a race against time to get the water feature built by February.

Planning regulations for the original lake stipulated workers can only be on site between August and February to protect nesting birds.

It appears excavators have been brought in to get to work with the initial dimensions.

The council said the couple will have to plant hedgerows and trees to protect native birds, and also use special lights to help bats.

It must have an underground chamber - known as a hibernacula - to help 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.

Animal lovers: The council also requires the Beckhams to submit a five-year maintenance plan to show how they will support the area's biodiversity

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