FORMER Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond is plotting to turn a 200-year-old barn at his £2m castle into a party venue.
Hammond, 49, has applied for planning permission to use the Grade II listed building as a guesthouse.
The barn’s Grand Designs-style makeover will give it five swanky bedrooms, heated swimming pool, and a gym.
He also wants to build a glazed extension to link a dining room to a showroom for his motorbike collection.
Neighbours and conservation chiefs have made no objections to the plan.
In papers filed to the local council, Hammond’s planning agent Mark Watson said: “The proposal primarily involves providing additional sleeping accommodation on the first floor, with alterations to the ground floor to provide space for entertaining guests.
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“The swimming pool is reduced in size and the gym relocated to the southern end of the barn.
“A glazed extension provides a link between the dining area and the motorbike display room.”
One woman, who lives nearby and didn’t want to be named, told the Daily Mail: “I didn’t know he’s made a planning application, there’s been no chat about it
“Let him get on with it, that’s what I say.”
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Hammond, nicknamed Hamster, was in a coma with a head injury in 2006 when his dragster span off the runway at 288mph.
Its right tyre blew as he tried to set a speed record at 288mph at the RAF base near York.
He was airlifted to hospital in Leeds and the dad-of-two later revealed he experienced depression, paranoia and memory loss due to brain damage suffered.