David Beckham can enjoy chopping wood if new log store at Cotswolds home approved
David and Victoria Beckham appear to be continuing to use a traditional wood-burning stove or open fire in their Cotswolds home after laying out plans for a new log store.
The former England star and his wife want to add the sloping covered storage area to the side of a proposed new outhouse and office that already has planning permission.
It suggests that they want to continue to have cozy nights in front of a roaring fire during the winter, rather than relying on more environmentally friendly heating methods such as an electric heat pump.
The celebrity couple requested to build the log yard and a separate hipped bay with double doors at each end of the proposed building that already has parking for vehicles such as tractors, lawnmowers, buggies and quads.
David Beckham, pictured here with his dogs, could become an amateur lumberjack chopping wood for a campfire at home.
The Beckhams have applied for permission to build a new log store at their £6m home in the Cotswolds. Pictured are the plans submitted to the local council with the application
But the store will make it easier for the Beckhams to maintain their own supply of dry wood, which is considered less polluting than wet wood.
Last year, the government introduced new rules to phase out sales of wet wood and traditional household charcoal, which are seen as major contributors to air pollution.
The Beckhams have applied to West Oxfordshire District Council to have work carried out on their £6million home in Chipping Norton.
Planning documents reveal that David, 47, and Victoria, 48, are also proposing “minor design alterations” to their home’s outbuilding, which is made up of three joined barn and farm buildings.
The design and access statement for the plans reads: ‘The proposed additions take the form of a simple, half-span hipped roof with double doors at the west gable end, and a covered log store sloping to one side open at the gable end. East.
‘Both of the proposed additions are substantially lower than the ridge height of the smaller-scale, approved free-standing annex building.
According to the planning documents, the log yard will make it easier for the family to store dry wood, which is less polluting than wet wood.
‘They are traditional in design and form, typical of the type of additions made to traditional farm outbuildings.
A minor alteration to the approved design is also proposed, with the north wall of the enclosed bay moving in line with the front of the building.
‘The proposed annex building for offices and shops will be completed using the same approved high-quality materials.
‘This includes horizontal timber cladding with timber trim on the walls, a clay tile roof, wooden doors and Crittall-style metal windows.
‘The wooden post and beam frame will be supported by local iron stones.’
The two extensions will increase the floor area of the annex building by 28 square meters if approved.
The planned annex building, which has an oak frame and a herringbone stone floor, already features a small office space with insulated walls and a rainwater reservoir.
The plans will be the latest in a series of improvements planned by the Beckhams since they bought their Grade II listed home in December 2016.
They were granted planning permission for the annex construction last year on the condition that they protect “bats, birds, badgers, hedgehogs, reptiles and amphibians” on their land.
Council officials insisted they build at least one bat box and one bird box in the new building that is planned to replace an old outbuilding.
West Oxfordshire District Council will make a decision on whether work can continue on the Beckhams’ home in Chipping Norton.
They also required the planting of at least six different tree species to create ‘native’ hedgerows around the new development.
It was also noted that the Beckhams must have “a five-year back maintenance plan” with no “external lighting” that could harm wildlife.
His country estate, located near the private members’ club, Soho Farmhouse, already includes a soccer field, outdoor pool and sauna.
It is also said to contain a wine cellar, a plunge pool, and a huge garage, stocked with expensive cars and a motorcycle.
The Beckham family is currently bouncing between their Oxfordshire home, a £31million mansion in London and a £19million penthouse in Miami, Florida.