Sam Mendes presents development plans for a Buckinghamshire home

Sam Mendes, director of the James Bond films “Skyfall” and “Spectre”, among many other films, has submitted a planning application to Buckinghamshire Council for a large-scale redevelopment of the grounds of his Grade II listed property in the county, which he bought in 2019 for £5.5 million but It is now believed to be worth around £6 million.

The proposed works include replacing the swimming pool in the grounds of The Old Vicarage on Turville Valley Road in Turville, along with the construction of the pool house, greenhouse, garden shed and associated landscaping, boundary remediation, drainage and demolition works.

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Planning consultancy Edgars has submitted an application to make improvements to the property, located five miles west of High Wycombe, on behalf of Mr Mendes and his wife, musician Alison Balsom.

The planning, design and heritage letter states that the site’s swimming pool area and kitchen garden areas, where the proposed development will take place, are of “minimal architectural merit”, “deteriorated” and “do not meet the applicant’s needs”.

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The application also set out plans to build a 12.2m x 4.6m outdoor swimming pool with 0.5m stone frontage, three times larger than its predecessor, a 3.9m x 4.9m pool pavilion, and a reconfigured walled kitchen garden with an integrated swimming pool. A reconstructed 3.3 x 6 meter wide greenhouse, extending along the entire southern site boundary.

Mr Mendes will need permission from Buckinghamshire Council, as the local planning authority, to commence further development work on his property due to the Grade II listed status of the Old Vicarage building and barn on the site.

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While the proposals do not include the demolition of any of the Grade II listed buildings, an application for Listed Buildings Consent has been submitted by Edgars as a precaution due to the pre-1947 form of the Ha Ha, which, if approved, would be extended to the western corner of the site and the “unattractive modern blocks” were replaced with traditional red brick.

The property also lies within the Turville Conservation Area and has several other listed buildings in its vicinity including St Mary’s Church.

However, the ‘American Beauty’ director has previously been granted planning permission by Buckinghamshire Council to make a range of other changes to the property, including moving the on-site greenhouse and building new entrance gates.

A decision on whether to grant permission for the new proposals is expected to be announced later this month.

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