David and Victoria Beckham appear to be continuing to use a traditional log burner or open fire in their Cotswold home after submitting plans for a new log store.
The former England star and his wife want to add the lean-to covered storage area to the side of a proposed new outbuilding and office which already has planning permission.
This suggests they want to continue to spend cozy nights in front of a crackling fire during the winter, instead of relying on greener heating methods like an electric heat pump.
The celebrity couple asked to build the log store and a separate hipped bay with double doors at each end of the proposed building which already includes parking areas for vehicles such as tractors, lawnmowers, strollers and quads.
David Beckham, pictured here with his dogs, could become a hobbyist lumberjack chopping wood for an open fire at his home
The Beckhams have applied for permission to build a new log store at their £6million home in the Cotswolds. Pictured are plans submitted to the local council with the application
But the store will make it easier for the Beckhams to keep their own supply of dry wood, which is considered less polluting than wet wood.
Last year the government introduced new rules to phase out sales of wet wood and traditional household charcoal, which are seen as major contributors to air pollution.
The Beckhams have asked West Oxfordshire District Council to have the work carried out at their £6million home in Chipping Norton.
Planning documents reveal David, 47, and Victoria, 48, are also proposing ‘minor alterations to the layout’ of their home’s outbuilding which is made up of three barn and farm buildings joined together.
The design and access statement for the plans states: “The proposed additions take the form of a simple hipped roof, a half bay with double doors at the west gable end and a store open side covered log rack at east gable.
“Both proposed additions are significantly below the approved independent outbuilding peak height and on a minor scale.
According to the planning documents, the log store will make it easier for the family to store dry wood, which is less polluting than wet wood.
“They are of traditional design and shape, typical of the type of additions made to traditional agricultural outbuildings.
“A small modification to the approved layout is also proposed, with the north wall of the enclosed bay moving in line with the building facade.
‘The proposed outbuilding providing offices and stores will be completed using the same high quality materials as approved.
“This includes horizontal fascia cladding to the walls, plain clay tile roof, wood doors and Crittall-style metal windows.
“The pole and timber frame will be supported by local ironstone staddle stones.”
Both extensions will increase the floor space of the outbuilding by 28 square meters if approved.
The planned outbuilding, with an oak frame and Hungarian point stone floor, already has a small office space with insulated walls, and a rainwater cistern.
The plans are expected to be the latest in a series of improvements planned by the Beckhams since buying their Grade II listed home in December 2016.
They obtained planning permission for the outhouse last year on the condition that they protect “bats, birds, badgers, hedgehogs, reptiles and amphibians” on their land.
Council officials have insisted they erect at least one bat box and one birdhouse on the new building which is set to replace an old outhouse.
West Oxfordshire District Council will decide whether work can continue at the Beckhams’ home in Chipping Norton
They also required the planting of at least six different tree species to create “native” hedgerows around the new development.
It was also noted that the Beckhams must have “a five-year follow-up maintenance plan” with “no outdoor lighting” that could harm wildlife.
Their country estate, located near the members’ private club, Soho Farmhouse, already includes a football pitch, outdoor pool and sauna.
It is also said to contain a wine cellar, a plunge pool and a huge garage, equipped with expensive cars and a motorbike.
The Beckham family are currently bouncing between their home in Oxfordshire, a £31million mansion in London and a £19million penthouse in Miami, Florida.