Kate Middleton and Prince William have been given the green light to renovate their country estate in an effort to make it more private. The couple applied for permission to do the updates at Anmer Hall in early January. According to E! News, the royal couple has been given the go-ahead. "The planning application has been permitted for the re-routing of an existing driveway, the extension to garage block to form an equipment room, the conversion of the wood store into accommodation and the construction of a new garden room," a council spokesman for the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk is quoted as saying.
As Examiner.com previously reported, these types of planning applications are typically made public, however council officials reportedly waived access in this case for what is being called "security reasons." The couple is also said to want to move the swimming pool and add more bedrooms.
Queen Elizabeth II gifted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Anmer Hall, which is about two miles east of her 20,000 acre rural Sandringham estate. The brick Georgian style mansion has been part of the royal portfolio since 1898 and includes 28 front facing windows and a bell tower.
Anmer Hall is currently occupied by the Everetts -- the owners of the kitchen and lumber company, Norfolk Oak. Due to the current lease agreement, which does not end until March 2017, it could be at least four years before the Cambridges can enjoy the estate as their own.
The parents of the duke's close friend, Hugh van Cutsem, reportedly live nearby, which would be an added benefit for Prince William and Kate Middleton.