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Steve Coogan looking to put 'rural character'
6:00pm Sunday 21st July 2013 in News
Summer has always sparked a wave of home improvements and DIY jobs – and one of the nation’s favourite comedians is keen to get in on the action.
Comedian Steve Coogan has applied for planning permission to spruce up his Grade II* listed Ovingdean property.
Coogan, whose Alan Partridge feature film is released this summer, has submitted a planning application to Brighton and Hove City Council asking for permission to make changes to a cottage adjoining the grand Ovingdean Grange manor house.
Mr Coogan snapped up the 16th century Ovingdean Grange in 2011 for around £2.45 million and owns the neighbouring Grange Farm Cottage, itself believed to be worth around £400,000.
He wants to re-instate the “rural character” back into the flint cottage using materials that are “sympathetic to its character and charm.”
The cottage boasts two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room, lounge and hall.
If granted permission, his check-list of jobs include replacing two external white timber doors with one set of white French doors, getting rid of ceramic tiles on a concrete subfloor and replacing them with solid timber and swapping a “heavily varnished”
internal pine door for “traditional fire doors.”
But whether Mr Coogan himself will be donning a hammer and a spirit level in the coming months remains to be seen.
He’s listed the services of local Brighton creative design studio, Marc Boase, as the official agent for the application.
For the average Joe doing DIY this summer, replacing a door or painting a wall wouldn’t normally require permission from the council.
But for Mr Coogan and his listed cottage, minor changes, including repairs and modifications, will need to be given the green light from town hall bosses before work can start.
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