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Incredible aerial shots show David and Victoria Beckham's new £6million country pile is an abandoned mud bath - after elaborate plans for revamp blocked by planning officers

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© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc These incredible aerial shots show work at David and Victoria Beckham's new £6million country pile is at a STANDSTILL.

Several mechanical diggers lay abandoned, useless tools have been cast to the ground and the ground is total a mud bath.

The couple's dream home is months behind schedule after ongoing rows and council planning bosses.

Work has moved at a snail's pace on the sprawling Cotswolds pad - after their elaborate plans were blocked by planning officers and new ones were drawn up only to be bound up in bureaucratic red tape.

Reports show the couple had been hoping for a swanky nine-bedroom barn conversion with trendy natural swimming pond.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty The couple and their four children had been wanting to move in to the renovated property this summer but have instead spent recent weeks at their home in Los Angeles and now may not move in for the remainder of the year.

David, 42, and Victoria, 43, bought the property in the new year from landowner Nicholas Johnston, an Old Etonian friend of David Cameron .

The property boasts a triple-barn joined at its north end by two glass-walled walkways to make the shape of a capital letter 'E'.

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Architects seem to have gone to extraordinary lengths to persuade council planners that their plans do not adversely affect the environment.

Within the eastern courtyard, to the right in these pictures, a trendy 'natural swimming pond' is awaiting council approval to be sunk into the ground.

In the East Courtyard, it is proposed that the timber pergola will be constructed within the west courtyard formed between the newly reconstructed north wing and link pavilion, and the grade II listed central wing.

This simple timber structure measuring approximately 43 feet by 10 feet will provide support for climbing plants and provide shade for an outdoor seating area.

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Architects seem at pains to clarify that: "The structure is lightweight and can easily be removed in the future and as such could be considered to be reversible. The proposed pergola is freestanding is not connected to the listed buildings or rely on support from them in any way."

Until the council gives final approval, the diggers remain at a virtual standstill.

The architect's summary to planners reads: 'The proposed development does not alter the historic fabric of the listed building in any way.

The proposed landscape scheme is less formal than the current approved and part implemented scheme, and more sympathetic to the heritage of (the original house), and as such provides a modest enhancement of the setting of the listed building.'

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty In June the Beckhams applied to West Oxfordshire District Council for permission to make more changes to their original scheme, including changing the tiles on the roof and details of windows.

Land Registry documents also disclose Posh and Becks paid £6.15 million for the swanky barn conversion.

Renovations started on the estate in February.

They enlisted the help of top architect and ‘development designer’ Michael Ergatoudis, who works for Soho House.

In April, David and Victoria applied to the local council for permission to relate one of the roofs to create the “unified” look they desire as the tile colours didn't match.

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In July, a new application to the council asked for permission to change the roofs on outbuildings to thatched rather than tiled covering.

The nine-bedroom pile — joining up three separate buildings with two new glass extensions — sits in acres of rolling countryside near Chipping Norton.

The Beckhams will likely keep their four-storey Holland Park mansion in London, as the children's school and Victoria's fashion empire are based in the city.

There have been rumours for some time of David and Victoria's plans to move to the country with their family. Shortly after their wedding in 1991, the couple bought a sprawling house in Hertfordshire – dubbed Beckingham Palace by some – but sold it in 2014.

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