David and Victoria Beckham are building a 3m high HILL in their garden to stop prying tourists peeking into grounds


DAVID Beckham is building a hill in his garden to shield his mansion from a new holiday park just yards from his bolthole.

The retired footballer, 45, wants builders to raise the level of the ground 2-3metres to create earthworks around a tennis court at the side of his £6 million country pad in the Cotswolds.

The mound will create a barrier to noise and increase privacy.

Works will take place during construction of a large wildlife lake he’s asked planners for permission to build at the bottom of his garden.

A source revealed: “The hill will create more privacy for the house because it will create a visual and sound barrier to the works going on across the field. The area is so flat that at the moment they can see straight across.

“David and Victoria want to mitigate the impact the development will have on their home.”

A new health club is being built just yards away from their pad in rural Oxfordshire.

Workers will begin by digging out thousands of tons of earth to construct a huge 100 space underground car park.

The plans will see the construction of six five-bedroom lodges, a restaurant, a garden and leisure facilities including a pool, gym and tennis court.

For years Posh and Becks have lived next door to a derelict 19th century walled garden but now the site will be turned into an upmarket retreat.

Council planners are set to rule in the next few weeks on whether David and Victoria can build their planned lake.

The Beckhams are at war with their neighbours in the Cotswolds over their plans for the kidney-shaped garden feature – having already clashed over the addition of a security gatehouse on the site.

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.

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 £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.


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