Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright have hit a bump in the road towards their dream home after an argument broke out with their local council over sewage works.
The couple bought a countryside estate in Essex last year and applied for planning permission to knock down the building currently standing on the land to make way for their dream home design.
The new building would be a new place to relax for 32-year-old actress Michelle and her 33-year-old husband Mark – but a spanner has been thrown into the works in terms of planning.
The Sun reports that the couple have encountered problems due to sewage removal form the planned new property – with claims they didn’t share plans for how toilet waste would be removed from the new home.
Michelle and Mark’s local council, Epping Forest District Council, reportedly ha concerns that there might not be suitable drainage on the land that the pair hope to make their dream home plans a reality.
There are also concerns that the land on which the property is being planed could be “contaminated” due to its previous use as a farm.
Epping Forest District Council’s environmental protection and drainage unit have stated they need Michelle and Mark to provide details of their plans to deal with their sewage.
"The applicant has no proposal to dispose of foul sewage… the geology of the area is predominantly clay and infiltration drainage may not be suitable for the site,” The Sun says the council wrote in a letter.
"These records have identified that the site has potentially contaminated land due to its use as a farm,” the letter allegedly continues.
Michelle and Mark’s plans appear at risk as The Sun adds that the letter states: “to ensure that the development can be carried out safely without unacceptable risks to workers, neighbours and other offsite receptors."
The famous pair seem almost cursed by their new home plans as they previously hit a problem when a colony of rare bats were found nesting on the property.
In planning documents lodged with Epping Forest Council, there is a conservation survey that highlights the nesting bats.
The documents state: “It is possible that bats may commute and forage along and within the woodland to the north west.
"Therefore, it is advised a bat-considerate lighting scheme be employed during the demolition, construction and completed phase to prevent lighting of the wood.
“In addition, bat boxes should be installed in the new building.”
It is believed Mark and Michelle spent £1.3 million on the property – and their plans include a bar, gym and swimming pool.
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