Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole’s plans to have an underground swimming pool at her Surrey Mansion which were rejected earlier this year maybe in jeopardy after she appealed to have the decision reversed.
The 26-year-old had applied for planning permission to install a 12-meter underground swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room, which the planning committee rejected.
When Cheryl and Ashley applied for the decision to be reversed, local archaeologists came forward to say that if the plans are approved, they could disturb human remains, evidence of mud huts and prehistoric tools from the neolithic era.
If Cheryl Cole and Ashley want the plans to go ahead, the celebrity couple will have to pay for an archaeological search on the entire area beneath their property, which could prove very costly.
The work would involve archeologists digging trenches in the grounds, being careful to preserve any ancient artifacts.
An archaeologist for Surrey Council said: “The site falls within an area of high archaeological potential, designated due to the discovery of neolithic implements. Roman artifacts have also been discovered in the area. The groundwork’s involved in this application will likely disturb a large area of the designated site.“
Tony Howe continued: “Should any archaeological finds or features be present, they will certainly be destroyed and in that case provision should be made for any material to be recorded.“
Just earlier this month, Cheryl and Ashley had another planning application approved to build a bungalow in their grounds for Cheryl’s mum. Its looking like the plans for the underground swimming pool may be a little harder to get approved.