Beckhams get permission to build secret tunnel at £6m Cotswolds home to protect family after high-profile burglaries – The Sun

DAVID Beckham has been granted planning permission to build an escape tunnel under his £6million Cotswolds pad.

And planners say they can also build a wine cellar and extend their garage at the stunning rural retreat.

But the local council is still to decide whether they can construct a two-man security gatehouse at the entrance of the home – close to upmarket Oxfordshire hotel Soho House.

Officials at West Oxfordshire District Council gave the green light to plans to create: “Internal and external alterations to include extension to existing garage with construction of basement wine cellar beneath and link to the main house with the provision of new staircase to ground floor.”

Becks and wife Victoria must begin the work within three years on the listed farmhouse or be forced to reapply for planning permission.

The link will give them underground access from their main house to the garage and their fleet of luxury vehicles.

They are beefing up security just weeks after Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli was robbed at knifepoint at his Hertfordshire mansion.

Alli suffered minor facial injuries after being punched in the face when two males broke in through a back entrance to steal jewellery including a number of expensive watches.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown, David and Victoria are self-isolating in the home with three out of their four children: Romeo, Cruz, and Harper.

Their eldest son, Brooklyn is currently holed up in New York with his girlfriend Nicola Peltz.

In documents, David and Victoria's planning agent said of the plans: “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.”

Planners are expected to rule on the blockhouse application in the coming days.

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.”

The application says the property will be manned by two employees.

Ed Sheeran installed a similar secret passage under his house in Suffolk too.

He revealed in 2017 he built the intricate tunnel system under his home and they lead to a secret pub.

Meanwhile, David recently lost a planning row with a rich neighbour who has been granted permission to update their property, meaning the Beckhams face 10-hour days of noisy construction work.

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