David and Victoria Beckham at war with neighbours over 'ugly and monstrous' kidney-shaped lake at £6m Cotswolds estate

DAVID and Victoria Beckham are at war with their neighbours in the Cotswolds over their plans for a kidney-shaped lake at their £6 million estate.

Local residents are furious with their plans to construct a giant lake at their luxury country home calling it "ugly", "monstrous" and "out of keeping" with the posh area.

The couple have put in a planning application to West Oxfordshire District Council for a mammoth stretch of water, nearly 3000 m2, and with a depth of four metres at their Grade II-listed building in Great Tew.

After our exclusive yesterday, where a council ecology report also threatened to block their plans, two local residents have written letters of objection.

Sue Jones says: "I've lived locally for much of my life and I feel I must object to this monstrous looking plan. There is no reason for anyone to feel the need to build such an ugly and frankly out-of-keeping with the area body of water.

"It will have a bad affect on the local wildlife which will lose important feeding habitat. Can't people just be happy with the beautiful landscape they have instead of always tinkering with things?"



The new addition, if approved, will create a classic English meadow scene, with the lake surrounded by dozens of different types of grass, wildflowers, shrubs, bushes and trees.

But fellow resident Charlotte Waddington has also slammed the proposals saying that the lake will be taking their natural spring water and add to the pollution issues, with the water table in the area already affected by development at the neighbouring Soho Farmhouse.

She wrote: "We object to these plans for the following reasons – we were not notified about the planning application – where [and] when were these notices posted?

"We live very close to this new build site and object strongly to the siting of yet another new huge (4 metres deep) new lake – Soho House already have 3.



"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.

"[We have] been fed for hundreds of years by natural springs, which are now being impacted by these new water features. We are getting less water and it is being polluted."

The Beckhams plan for a “broadly kidney-shaped” lake at the country property.

According to their Landscape Design Statement, "the mix will flower all summer long, giving bees, hoverflies and butterflies a feast of nectar and pollen,” which will be music to David’s ears.

Last month, wife Victoria showed off her husband’s handiwork, uploading a video to Instagram of him building a beehive, with Posh saying: "David decided to start building beehives."


The £6.15m property already has a ‘fairytale garden’ designed by Chelsea Flower Show winner Marcus Barnett, which includes a pergola, "natural swimming pond" – using water recycled from the main house – and a fruit orchard of plum, pear, crab apple, wild cherry and witch hazel trees.

The lake will also be raised around the banks to give the family more privacy.

The application adds that the lake will "improve the landscape both aesthetically and in terms of biodiversity, whilst also adding to the enjoyment of the family."

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