Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan’s Essex mansion could take several more months to complete


Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan‘s dream £1.3million family home in Essex could still take several more months to complete despite work starting on it over a year ago.

Due to various lockdowns and Covid restrictions, construction has been stop, start after they demolished a farmhouse and began building a five-bedroom mansion complete with bar, gym, granny annexe and outdoor swimming pool.

The former TOWIE star and Our Girl actress, both 34, won planning approval for the colossal building project back in January 2020 – and it looks like it’ll be over two years after that date until they can move in.

Building site: Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan’s  £1.3m dream family home in Essex could still take several more months to complete despite work starting on it over a year ago (pictured is the site in its current state)

Incredible: Their house is in the process of being build and will come complete with five bedrooms, a bar, gym and an outdoor swimming pool as well a granny annexe (pictured is the CGI model of the final property)

Incredible: Their house is in the process of being build and will come complete with five bedrooms, a bar, gym and an outdoor swimming pool as well a granny annexe (pictured is the CGI model of the final property)

Couple: The former TOWIE star and Our Girl actress, both 34, (pictured in 2019) won planning approval for the colossal building project back in January 2020 - and it looks like it'll be over two years after that date until they can move in

Couple: The former TOWIE star and Our Girl actress, both 34, (pictured in 2019) won planning approval for the colossal building project back in January 2020 – and it looks like it’ll be over two years after that date until they can move in

The pair even set up an Instagram account for the work, @wrightyhome, but that hasn’t been updated with photos of construction work since April.

Now contractors have moved onto ripping out the old driveway, in preparation of building a one-bedroom ‘granny flat’, although the pool is still yet to be built.

The 56-square metre trendy annexe – which is bigger than the average London flat – will have an ensuite bedroom with a cloakroom, kitchen, dining area and sitting area. 

Representatives for Mark and Michelle have been contacted by MailOnline for a comment. 

In progress: Now contractors have moved onto ripping out the old driveway, in preparation of building a one-bedroom 'granny flat', although the pool is still yet to be built

In progress: Now contractors have moved onto ripping out the old driveway, in preparation of building a one-bedroom ‘granny flat’, although the pool is still yet to be built

Delays: The pair even set up an Instagram account for the work, @wrightyhome, but that hasn't been updated with photos of construction work since April

Delays: The pair even set up an Instagram account for the work, @wrightyhome, but that hasn’t been updated with photos of construction work since April

Plans: The couple had been sharing updates on the development of their 'Wrighty home' with their fans on social media but the account has since gone quiet

Plans: The couple had been sharing updates on the development of their ‘Wrighty home’ with their fans on social media but the account has since gone quiet

Epic: Earlier this year the pair shared a glimpse of the plans for the garden in their Essex home - the couple are said to have a combined net worth of £12million

Epic: Earlier this year the pair shared a glimpse of the plans for the garden in their Essex home – the couple are said to have a combined net worth of £12million

But the Epping Forest District Council planning officer’s report states that the couple can never extend their estate again.

It says: ‘To add, the cumulative impact of the replacement dwelling (an increase of some 30% over the original building) & this proposal in this instance is acceptable, however, the LPA consider that there would be no further capacity for any future extensions/additions to the main dwelling and the annex due to the cumulative harm to the Green Belt.’

In May last year, they withdrew plans to build external accommodation, which was specifically for his parents’, Mark Snr and Carol’s, ‘care’. 

New home: The site is currently at a stand still with the front of the property covered with a green sheet and a skip out the front

New home: The site is currently at a stand still with the front of the property covered with a green sheet and a skip out the front 

Long way to go: The granny annexe - which will be bigger than the average London flat - has not been built yet and no foundations have been laid for it thus far

Long way to go: The granny annexe – which will be bigger than the average London flat – has not been built yet and no foundations have been laid for it thus far

The vision: Plans of the two floors show the proposed lay out of the extensive property which was originally a farmhouse

The vision: Plans of the two floors show the proposed lay out of the extensive property which was originally a farmhouse

Stunning: Mark and Michelle previously shared the digital renderings of the home and garden on their home Instagram account, with images showing a vast pool area, fire pit, seating area and sun loungers

Stunning: Mark and Michelle previously shared the digital renderings of the home and garden on their home Instagram account, with images showing a vast pool area, fire pit, seating area and sun loungers

It’s not known why they pulled the original application, but resubmitted another earlier this year.

In the application letter by MP Architects LLP in May, the company wrote: ‘We attach our planning application for the removal of the existing stable building and construction of a 1-bedroom annex, in conjunction with the approved new house.

‘The annex is for the use of our client’s parents, who need to be close to our clients for care. The annex provides one bedroom, bathroom, a TV room and an open plan kitchen, living and dining area with a feature window & doors to provide good views over the countryside.’ 

The couple had been sharing updates on the development of their ‘Wrighty home’ with their fans on social media, earlier this year taking to Instagram to show their plans for their garden, which will include a swimming pool, which will be carried out by Rosebank Landscaping.  

Addition: The designer granny flat will be added to the grounds of the new mansion that the couple are currently building in Essex and previous plans had shown the staggering size of the outhouse

Addition: The designer granny flat will be added to the grounds of the new mansion that the couple are currently building in Essex and previous plans had shown the staggering size of the outhouse

Transformation: The traditional wood-beamed farmhouse will be transformed into a beautiful white home complete with pillars out front and vast windows, in a design some have likened to the white house (pictured currently)

Transformation: The traditional wood-beamed farmhouse will be transformed into a beautiful white home complete with pillars out front and vast windows, in a design some have likened to the white house (pictured currently)

They said: ‘Our garden means the world to us and we love the outdoors. We searched high and low to find the best landscape designers, after realising that there was only one company for us. 

‘It’s funny how you can have a dream, tell the professionals and they make your dream bigger than you ever imagined.

‘Here is what the boys Cam and Matt Keightley have designed and created for us. Absolutely blown away and cannot wait to see it come to life.’ 

They have also shared stunning before and after shots with their fans online which show the original farmhouse as it stands and the CGI plans of their home. 

Outside space: The front of the property will have huge gates to give the couple the privacy that they need

Outside space: The front of the property will have huge gates to give the couple the privacy that they need

The traditional wood-beamed farmhouse will be transformed into a beautiful white home complete with pillars out front and vast windows, in a design some have likened to the white house.  

‘Here’s the lovely house that we purchased back in 2019 vs what we are hoping to create,’ they wrote in a social media post. 

‘It’s been a long process so far and still a long way to go but sooner or later we will have the house we could have only ever dreamed of.’    

The couple have been together since 2012, and were married in 2015. They regularly share snaps of their life together with fans on social media.    

The site: The property is located just off a small lane in the middle of beautiful countryside

The site: The property is located just off a small lane in the middle of beautiful countryside 

Getting involved: The couple have been sharing the process of building their dream home from scratch on social media

Getting involved: The couple have been sharing the process of building their dream home from scratch on social media 



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