December 8 2013 Latest news:
By DAVID BLACKMORE
Thursday, January 10, 2013
New garden room and re-routing the driveway - changes at Norfolk home the Queen is believed to be giving to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge
The Sandringham estate has submitted plans to revamp Anmer Hall – further fuelling speculation the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will have the mansion house as a country retreat.
As reported in the EDP on Tuesday, the Queen is believed to be preparing to give the Grade II listed home to her grandson, William, and wife Kate as they gear up for the arrival of their first child.
The royal estate has applied to West Norfolk Council for a major development at the site, just off Anmer Road in the Valley Hill ward.
The council is being asked to approve the re-routing of the existing driveway and the extension of the garage block to form an equipment room.
The conversion of wood stores at Anmer Hall to accommodation and the construction of a new garden room have also been applied for.
A decision on the plans is expected to be made in March by planning officers under delegated powers.
Anmer Hall has been part of the royal estate since 1898 and is only a short drive away from Sandringham House.
Tucked away at the end of a gravel drive and situated close to Anmer Church, the late Georgian country house was lived in by the Duke and Duchess of Kent between 1972 and 1990.
It is considered to be one of the Queen’s most charming properties in her portfolio and is currently leased by James Everett, the owner of the kitchen and timber company Norfolk Oak.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would use the Norfolk mansion house as a country retreat with their main residence being a newly renovated apartment inside Kensington Palace in West London into which they will move later this year.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace has said no comment would be made on private properties on the Queen’s private estates.