Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan ‘plan to build granny flat’ at £1.3million home alongside pool and bar

Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan have applied for planning permission to build a granny flat attached to their Essex home, which they are building from scratch, according to reports.

The former The Only Way Is Essex star and his actress wife are understood to have bought a £1.3million farmhouse in Essex last October.

And, according to reports, they have been given the OK by the local council to demolish the existing property and build a stunning new home from scratch.

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After original plans were given the OK, Mark, 33, and Michelle, 32, have applied for further plans to add a granny annexe to their abode.

The application, which The Sun claimed was submitted last Thursday, asks Epping Forest District Council for permission to demolish the existing horse stables and replace it with a one bedroom annexe.

Mark and Michelle’s further permission request comes after their plans to create a two floor “family home” with a loft conversion were given the green light.

It’s been claimed the ground floor will include a TV room, gym, bar area, study and playroom, which has fuelled rumours the married couple are planning to start a family soon, after Mark hinted at starting a family last year.

But, reports say the couple went through a few difficulties before getting the OK from the council for the build.

Endangered bats living nearby and fears that the property was on “contaminated land” meant stricter building controls were placed on the plans.

Mark, who recently shaved his head while in isolation, and Michelle’s renovation plans come after the former TOWIE lad gushed over spending time with his wife in lockdown after their long-distance marriage.

Discussing their time together during the current global pandemic, he said: “After years of having a long-distance relationship, I'm now locked up with the girl of my dreams.

“We used to spend all our time on FaceTime calls and talking for hours on the phone in different time zones, but now we are together every minute of the day.

“It's nice to just sit together in the evening in front of the TV without having to worry about rushing off.”

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Mark added: “That time is important as a couple — just being together. We've been cooking together a lot and Michelle is a cracking chef.

“She has made a lot of delicious banana bread and lets me be her sous chef, so I help out.

“I really think this period is going to make everyone more grateful for the amazing friends and family they have.”

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