Richard Hammond plans to turn 200-year-old barn on £2million estate into ‘party venue’ with swimming pool, bar and motorbike collection

Richard Hammond plans to turn 200-year-old barn on £2million estate into ‘party venue’ with swimming pool, bar and motorbike collection

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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.

Hammond, 49, has applied for planning permission to use the Grade II listed building as a guesthouse
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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.

CASTLE WORTH £2m

“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.”


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.

Neighbours and conservation chiefs have made no objections to the plan
He and wife Mindy own the £2m ‘castle’
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