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Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright win the battle to build a mansion

Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright win the battle to topple their £ 1.3 million Essex farm and build a five-bed mansion with a gym and bar

  • Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright have won a big planning battle
  • They have been given permission to rebuild a country house on their land
  • They can topple the existing house and replace it with a house twice the size
  • The couple were told they could not interfere with a public right of way

TV stars Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright have won a planning battle to build a new mega house.

The celebrity couple applied for planning permission to bring down their £ 1.3m farmhouse in Essex and replace it with the five-bedroom house complete with gym, dressing room, makeup room and bar.

And this week, their wishes were met by the chiefs of planning at Epping Forest Council – as long as they don’t block a public footpath running down the side of the current property.

Michelle Keegan, pictured with husband Mark Wright, has been allowed to demolish their £ 1.3m house and rebuild a mansion on the same site

Michelle Keegan, pictured with husband Mark Wright, has been allowed to demolish their £ 1.3m house and rebuild a mansion on the same site

The couple bought the £ 1.3 million house (above) in Ogar, Essex last October

The couple bought the £ 1.3 million house (above) in Ogar, Essex last October

The couple bought the £ 1.3 million house (above) in Ogar, Essex last October

The couple have been allowed to build this mansion (artist's impression above) on the site after demolishing their existing home

The couple have been allowed to build this mansion (artist's impression above) on the site after demolishing their existing home

The couple have been allowed to build this mansion (artist’s impression above) on the site after demolishing their existing home

The plans state that the new home – which is twice the size of the existing farm – should also be equipped with a water meter, limiting water consumption to 110 liters per person per day.

The couple, Michelle – best known for Coronation Street and Our Girl – and former TOWIE star Mark put nearly £ 3 million between them last year.

Planning chiefs have also said that an electrical charging point should be installed at home and asbestos checks should be carried out – and all found objects should be safely removed.

Council heads said that the couple – both 33 years old – should not ‘hinder’ public precedence – a footpath that runs between a road next to their house and two outbuildings.

The couple were told they should not interfere with a public right-of-way that crosses part of their land and was told the new home should be equipped with a water meter.  Above: Plans for the new Georgian-style building

The couple were told they should not interfere with a public right-of-way that crosses part of their land and was told the new home should be equipped with a water meter.  Above: Plans for the new Georgian-style building

The couple were told they should not interfere with a public right-of-way that crosses part of their land and was told the new home should be equipped with a water meter. Above: Plans for the new Georgian-style building

Ms. Keegan and her husband are said to have earned an estimated £ 3 million last year

Ms. Keegan and her husband are said to have earned an estimated £ 3 million last year

Ms. Keegan and her husband are said to have earned an estimated £ 3 million last year

An Epping Forest district council spokesman said this week, “The right and passage of the public on a public footpath should be maintained free and unobstructed at all times to ensure the safe passage of the public with the definitive right-of-way.

‘Development cannot start automatically with the granting of a building permit.

‘In case of work on the motorway, no one may start the work until it has been fully agreed with this authority.

“All associated costs will be borne by the applicant and any damage to the route will be remedied by the applicant.”

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