David and Victoria Beckham accused of 'drip-feeding' development of £6m home near Chipping Norton by furious neighbours

David and Victoria Beckham have been accused of "drip-feeding" the residential development of their £6 million property near Chipping Norton by furious neighbours.
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The couple bought the Grade-II listed country house at Maplewood Barn, near Great Tew, for £6,150,000 in 2016.

Throughout the years, the property have been upgraded to include new structures including a driveway and gates, an additional garage outbuilding, a tennis court, a treehouse, a security hut, an extension to the garage outbuilding and a landscaped pond.

A new planning application has been submitted by the Beckhams to Oxfordshire County Council to convert the roof space in an outbuilding into a home office space. The application for the structure, which is already being used as a garden store, details "minor alterations" to the existing structure and that the changes would have "no impact on neighbouring properties". This includes adding new conservation skylights and access via a Tallet staircase.

David and Victoria Beckham have been accused by neighbours of "drip-feeding" the development of a £6m property in the Cotswolds. (Credit: AFP via Getty Images)David and Victoria Beckham have been accused by neighbours of "drip-feeding" the development of a £6m property in the Cotswolds. (Credit: AFP via Getty Images)
David and Victoria Beckham have been accused by neighbours of "drip-feeding" the development of a £6m property in the Cotswolds. (Credit: AFP via Getty Images)

However, neighbours have hit out at the newest application, saying that the newest move was making the quiet community "residential by the back door".

One neighbour, who has lodged a complaint against the application, said: "Many people locally indicated to West Oxfordshire Council the increase in the residential curtilage of this property will see an ever-increasing number of buildings and to date we have all been proved right."

Those in the local community had already accused the couple of "bringing suburbia" to the countryside with their previous development projects on the property. Another furious neigh said at the time that he "wouldn't be surprised if the celebrity couple applied for a funfair ride to be installed in the garden".

The Beckhams have already withdrawn a previous application to build a 250-meter second access road into their home. Before being scrapped, the road was proposed to help access an allotment and glasshouse structure being built on the property.

Representatives of the Beckhams have been contacted for comment.