Permits have reportedly been filed by Sandringham Estate requesting permission to allow major work to begin on a property it's believed Queen Elizabeth is gifting to Kate Middleton and Prince William. The Telegraph reports today (Thursday), the planning application were filed this week after earlier reports that the Queen planned to give the prized Norfolk home, known as Anmer Hall, to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
According to multiple reports, the permit applications lay out renovation plans for Anmer Hall including the addition of more bedrooms, a new garden room, the re-working of the current driveway, and the extension of some areas. The Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk have until March to make a decision on whether the construction can move forward.
Typically details of these types of planning applications are made public, however council officials reportedly waived access, in this case, for what is being called "security reasons."
As Examiner.com previously reported, Anmer Hall is just east of the 20,000 acre rural Sandringham estate and has been part of the royal portfolio since 1898. The residence is a brick Georgian style home with 28 windows on the front face including dormers and a bell tower. It was leased as a country home by the Duke and Duchess of Kent from 1972 to 1990 and is currently occupied by the Everetts -- the owners of the kitchen and lumber company, Norfolk Oak.
Prince William reportedly spent time vacationing at Anmer Hall as a youngster and is said to have really enjoyed his time there. The parents of the Duke's close friend, Hugh van Cutsem, reportedly live nearby, which could also be an added benefit for William and Kate. Hugh van Custem's name has been mentioned as a possible Godfather for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby.