Gary Barlow wins right to turn part of his £6m Cotswolds mansion into luxury car garage

Gary Barlow has won a row with conservationists over plans to turn part of his £6million mansion into a garage after they raised fears it could harm rare bats and newts.   

The Take That star lodged plans to demolish a section of his five-bed Cotswolds home in Alvescot, Oxfordshire, four months ago.

But council conservationists told former X Factor judge that his property could be home to several rare bat species as well as Great Crested Newts.

However, Barlow has won the fight after the local council approved the plans yesterday.

The garage will house his range of luxury cars believed to include a £100,000 Range Rover SDV8 autobiography which he purchased in 2016.

Conservationists told former X Factor judge (pictured with his wife Dawn) that his property could be home to several rare bat species as well as Great Crested Newts

Conservationists told former X Factor judge (pictured with his wife Dawn) that his property could be home to several rare bat species as well as Great Crested Newts

Conservationists told former X Factor judge (pictured with his wife Dawn) that his property could be home to several rare bat species as well as Great Crested Newts

He is still understood to also still own a black cab which he bought after a lunch meeting with Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2010.

Miranda Clark, West Oxfordshire District Council conservationist, had said the building ‘might be roosting potential for bats.’

She added ‘that there is a high probability of great crested newts being present.’

Case officer Giles Hughes said that the singer would need to ensure that any lighting should not disturb or prevent bat species using their territory or having access to any roosts.

Council conservationists told the former X Factor judge that his property could be home to several rare bat species as well as Great Crested Newts. Pictured: Plans for the new garage

Council conservationists told the former X Factor judge that his property could be home to several rare bat species as well as Great Crested Newts. Pictured: Plans for the new garage

Council conservationists told the former X Factor judge that his property could be home to several rare bat species as well as Great Crested Newts. Pictured: Plans for the new garage

According to documents submitted by Barlow's agent, the part of the house the singer wants to redevelop (pictured, the plans) is extremely 'poor quality' build despite having bedrooms, a bathroom as well as a living room and TV area

According to documents submitted by Barlow's agent, the part of the house the singer wants to redevelop (pictured, the plans) is extremely 'poor quality' build despite having bedrooms, a bathroom as well as a living room and TV area

According to documents submitted by Barlow’s agent, the part of the house the singer wants to redevelop (pictured, the plans) is extremely ‘poor quality’ build despite having bedrooms, a bathroom as well as a living room and TV area

But the Rule the World singer agreed and also to install at least one bat box and one bird nesting feature in his new garage.

He bought the property for £2.3million in 2007.

Supermodel Kate Moss, ex-footballer David Beckham, TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson and ex-PM David Cameron also have homes nearby.

Bats and Great Crested Newts are protected by law, meaning it is illegal to harm them, or to destroy or interfere with their roosts and habitats.

Legislation dictates that any structures or place which a bats use for shelter or protection must be protected from damage or destruction whether they are occupied or not.

It has been incorporated into planning policies meaning local authorities have a legal obligation to consider whether bats or newts are likely to be affected by a proposed development.

The Take That star lodged plans to demolish a section of his five-bed Cotwolds home in Alvescot, Oxfordshire (pictured, the village) four months ago

The Take That star lodged plans to demolish a section of his five-bed Cotwolds home in Alvescot, Oxfordshire (pictured, the village) four months ago

The Take That star lodged plans to demolish a section of his five-bed Cotwolds home in Alvescot, Oxfordshire (pictured, the village) four months ago

According to documents submitted by Barlow’s agent, the part of the house the singer wants to redevelop is extremely ‘poor quality’ build despite having bedrooms, a bathroom as well as a living room and TV area.

As well as the garage, Barlow is also set to have shed for his gardening equipment.

There will also be extensive landscaping programme with feature flower beds, ornamental trees and lavender and shrub borders with brick paving.

Barlow shares the home with his Dawn, and three children Daniel, Emily, and Daisy.

It comes after his plans to build a six-bed home in the garden of the country home were rejected in February.

Barlow was told by council chiefs the proposed property would be out of keeping with the area.

The proposed property would have been built from stone with Georgian-style sash windows.

The star had also previously been given permission to create a family area, relaxation zone, changing rooms and gym at the existing house.

Barlow had also previously objected to developers plans 54 new properties near his home in 2017.

The parish council also objected to those plans at the time, arguing that the development would ‘destroy the sweeping vista across open country identified as a special characteristic of the village’.

The singer has been told he should now have a preliminary bat survey carried out at the property. 

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