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    David and Victoria Beckham in NEW war with neighbours amid larger lake plans at their Cotswolds home

    ‘It’s just not on!’ David and Victoria Beckham in NEW war with neighbours who fear the couple want to ‘race speed boats’ amid plans to enlarge the lake at their £6m Cotswolds home

    It was recently revealed that the couple want to make the lake at their Cotswolds estate even bigger than originally planned.

    And now, David and Victoria Beckham are in a NEW war with their neighbours, who fear the couple want to ‘race speed boats’ amid plans to enlarge the lake at their £6m Cotswolds home. 

    The latest plans from the football legend, 45, and the former Spice Girl, 46, have had a local write to the council to object to the proposal, asserting that ‘it is just not on!’

    According to The Sun, a neighbour has hit out at the new plans, saying in a letter of complaint to West Oxfordshire District Council: ‘I must object in the strongest terms to this new proposal. I was an objector to the original plan and my concerns were ignored.

    ‘I feel that his plan to enlarge the lake could increase the chances of flooding in the area considerably. Also, the lake looks just too large for the area it sits in.

    ‘It is out of keeping with the area and what is planned next? Motor boats zooming up and down and shattering the peace? it is just not on and should not be allowed.’

    The new furore comes after David and Victoria started digging a lake at their Cotswolds home after winning a planning war with their neighbours earlier this year.

    Extension: The original plan was to create a kidney-shaped body of water, sized 2976 sq metres. But the Beckhams have increased the lake size to 4,170 sq metres and want to add an island, measured at 122 sq metres

    Extension: The original plan was to create a kidney-shaped body of water, sized 2976 sq metres. But the Beckhams have increased the lake size to 4,170 sq metres and want to add an island, measured at 122 sq metres

    But the couple now want to make the lake even bigger than originally planned, according to plans submitted to West Oxfordshire district council.

    The original plan was to create a kidney-shaped body of water, sized 2976 sq metres. 

    But the Beckhams have increased the lake size to 4,170 sq metres and add an island, measured at 122 sq metres.

    This makes the lake 102 metres wide, 55.5 metres long with a 17 x 8 metre island. 

    Dig-a-dig ah! David and Victoria want to make their new lake even bigger and put an island in the middle of it having already started digging it at their Cotswolds home

    Dig-a-dig ah! David and Victoria want to make their new lake even bigger and put an island in the middle of it having already started digging it at their Cotswolds home

    Despite protests from residents, the council gave the couple permission to create the water feature on their land in August. 

    The Beckham family’s building pans had previously been blocked to protect wildlife before being given the green light under certain conditions. 

    Excavators were seen digging out tons of soil at the estate in Oxfordshire, the Sun Online reported. 

    Lake side: The new plans increase the lake to 102 metres wide, 55.5 metres long with a 17 x 8 metre island

    Lake side: The new plans increase the lake to 102 metres wide, 55.5 metres long with a 17 x 8 metre island

    Developments: The original plan was to create a kidney-shaped body of water, sized 2976 sq metres

    Developments: The original plan was to create a kidney-shaped body of water, sized 2976 sq metres

    In the works: Excavators have been seen digging out tons of soil at the estate in Oxfordshire

    In the works: Excavators have been seen digging out tons of soil at the estate in Oxfordshire

    Landscaping: Designer Victoria, 46, and ex-footballer David, 45, will have to plant hedgerows and trees to protect native birds, and also use special lights to help bats

    Landscaping: Designer Victoria, 46, and ex-footballer David, 45, will have to plant hedgerows and trees to protect native birds, and also use special lights to help bats

    Designer Victoria and ex-footballer David will have to plant hedgerows and trees to protect native birds, and also use special lights to help bats. 

    It is the Beckhams’ latest planning success after they were given the green light to build a wine cellar and a guard house.

    The couple are now in a race against time to finish building the lake by February next year as workers can only be on site between August and February to protect nesting birds. 

    It is the Beckhams' latest planning success after they were given the green light to build a wine cellar and a guard house

    Country living: It the Beckhams’ latest planning success after they were given the green light to build a wine cellar and a guard house

    It must have an underground chamber – known as a hibernacula – to help support reptiles, amphibians and hedgehogs.

    The council also requires the Beckhams to submit a five-year maintenance plan to show how they will support the area’s biodiversity.

    Several residents objected to the plans. Neighbour Michael Douglas blasted the couple for ‘trying to bring suburbia to the countryside’.

    He said: ‘If they had wanted all they have applied for, why not find an estate which was big enough to accommodate all of this.’

    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

    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

    Disgruntled: Several residents objected to the plans

    Disgruntled: Several residents objected to the plans

    West Oxfordshire District Council ignored residents’ objections to the Beckhams’ plans.

    Some residents called it ‘ugly’, ‘monstrous’ and ‘out of keeping’ with the posh area.

    The council’s report said it had three letters of objection from neighbours.

    It summarised their concerns as: ‘Out of keeping. Won’t appear a natural feature. Will alter the visual impact of the countryside in that area of green fields with crops in them. Harmful to wildlife. How are they proposing to fill this lake?

    ‘If yet another bore hole, Soho Farmhouse, is drilled down it will of course affect the water table.’

    However Ms Eldrige’s report said: ‘The site is in a relatively isolated location so the development will not impact any neighbouring properties.’

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