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Richard Ashcroft

Richard Ashcroft

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FORMER The Verve singer Richard Ashcroft is planning on doing some major building work on his home.

The star, who grew up in Up Holland, has applied for planning permission to demolish the post-war Taynton House Lodge (formerly Ryelands Lodge) in Gloucester and replace it with a “slightly larger single storey dwelling built to contemporary standards”.

An application for planning permission was made to Forest of Dean District Council on Monday, January 6.

Taynton House was built in 1660 and features a period bull-ring, a secret garden and an ornamental pond. The 42-year-old bought the then-£500,000 property in 1998 with his wife Kate.

Not long after he moved in, he restored the main house to its original colour with a deep red paint.