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Rishi Sunak planning to build swimming pool, gym and tennis court at his £2million Yorkshire mansion

Rishi Sunak has applied for planning permission to build a swimming pool and gym beside his £2million Georgian manor in the country.

The Chancellor, 41, hopes to build an L-shaped pool house, which will include a hot tub, utility and changing area and plant room, in a £250,000 development next to his manor house in North Yorkshire. 

The politician also hopes to build a tennis court outside the lavish residence which he shares with his wife Akshata Murthy - the daughter of one of the richest men in India.

The build, which is currently under review by planners at Hambleton Council, will be designed to look like a 'stone built agricultural building that has undergone renovation', The Sun reports. 

Rishi Sunak has applied for planning permission to build a swimming pool and gym beside his manor house

In order to create his 68ft by 66ft development, Mr Sunak will need to file for a 'change of use' in agricultural land and will have to ensure he is not disrupting any great crested newts in the surrounding area.

There are currently three lakes in the region which could be home to the rare species, which are protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.

Ecological impact expert Emily Ramsden told The Sun: 'If any great crested newts are found during the works then all works must cease, and further advice sought from the ecologist or Natural England.'  

A decision on the planning application is set to be given next month.  

Mr Sunak is the son of a GP father and pharmacist mother who emigrated to Southampton from East Africa in the 1960s.

He studied at Oxford University before winning a Fulbright scholarship to Stanford where he met his wife Akshata Murthy - the daughter of billionaire N. R. Narayana Murthy.  

During his time in business, Mr Sunak, who is now a multi-millionaire in his own right, worked in California, India and Britain for various investment firms including Goldman Sachs. 

He later set up his own business, Theleme Partners, in 2010 with an initial fund of £536million. 

The Chancellor hopes to build an L-shaped pool house next to his manor house in North Yorkshire

While building the hedge fund he spent a couple of days doing voluntary work for the Conservatives – which was when he decided he would like to go into politics full-time.

Speaking about his decision to go into politics, he once explained: 'It was my parents who motivated me, but not in a political way.

'My dad was a GP, my mum a pharmacist, and I grew up working in their surgery; in the pharmacy; delivering medicines to people who couldn't pick them up.

'People would always stop and talk to me about my mum and dad, saying, ''Oh, you're Mrs Sunak's son, Dr Sunak's son.'' And then they'd have some story about how my parents had helped them, or their parents, or children, and I thought that was amazing.

'They had done the same job in the same place for 30 years, and it was clear that they as individuals were able to have an amazing impact on the community around us, and that I found pretty inspiring. And that was my motivation for becoming an MP.'     

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