James Corden finally gets permission to demolish his abandoned country house to build a new one

James Corden is set to demolish his £8million country home – and build a brand new luxury home as he prepares to return to the UK.

The 1960s star’s cluster near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire – which includes a Grade II listed Druid temple and swimming pool – had fallen into disrepair after sitting empty for two years while the Late Late Show was on USA moderated.

But the TV personality has received planning permission to demolish the existing property and build a stunning six-bedroom mansion.

The works, which also include the demolition of a pool house, will create a two-storey building in addition to an underground basement with a technical room and a storage room.

Preparing to fly home: James Corden is set to return to the UK after announcing he is stepping down from his role as host of the Late Late Show in the US

Preparing to fly home: James Corden is set to return to the UK after announcing he is stepping down from his role as host of the Late Late Show in the US

And to prepare for his trip back to the UK, the TV personality has applied to have his derelict home near Henley-on-Thames (pictured) demolished and replaced with a luxury new villa

And to prepare for his trip back to the UK, the TV personality has applied to have his derelict home near Henley-on-Thames (pictured) demolished and replaced with a luxury new villa

It will be “grand” than the current home, with planners saying it will be 18 percent larger overall, while the basement will see an 11 percent boom in floor space.

The new gardens are inspired by historic houses from the 18th and 19th centuries, with an expansive Victorian style lawn and a walled garden for growing vegetables, fruit and cut flowers.

But the 44-year-old Gavin and Stacey star will be frustrated that he had to abandon his plans for a massive pool house with two pools, a yoga studio and a massage room to get it past planning officials.

Wokingham Borough Council said: “The principle of development is supported as replacement housing is not an unreasonable development in the Green Belt, subject to openness considerations.

Morning stroll: James Corden and his wife Julia Carey wore matching jackets as they took a stroll in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning

Morning stroll: James Corden and his wife Julia Carey wore matching jackets as they took a stroll in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning

The stunning new estate, approved by Council Leaders earlier this month, will be larger than Corden's current home on the site

The stunning new estate, approved by Council Leaders earlier this month, will be larger than Corden’s current home on the site

Plans for the ground floor show Corden's new stack will have plenty of space, with a formal dining room, living room, kitchen, and large courtyard

Plans for the ground floor show Corden’s new stack will have plenty of space, with a formal dining room, living room, kitchen, and large courtyard

“Revisions to the plan have addressed initial objections from Historic England and the Council’s Conservation Officer.

“There is an outstanding appeal from the Gardens Trust and the Council’s Trees and Landscapes Officer.

“No objections have been received from local residents and the proposal is recommended for approval, subject to environmental and landscaping conditions

“Following discussions with the applicant’s representative regarding unresolved logs, the application no longer includes a pool house, outdoor swimming pool, or garbage dump at the main entrance to the site.”

The ground floor will have an entrance hall leading to a large courtyard, kitchen, living room, dining room and breakfast room leading onto a large decking area with a games room, two study areas, three bathrooms and a shoe room.

The first floor will have five en-suite bedrooms – with the luxurious master bedroom having two bathrooms and a balcony.

It will also have a cloakroom, laundry room and two inward facing balconies.

Upstairs are five bedrooms including a huge master bedroom at the rear of the property overlooking the grounds of Corden's country estate

Upstairs are five bedrooms including a huge master bedroom at the rear of the property overlooking the grounds of Corden’s country estate

The new house will

The new home will be “grand” than the one currently on the site, with a larger basement area, the planners say

A new pool is built while Corden retains the tennis court already on the grounds of his plush Country Pad

A new pool is built while Corden retains the tennis court already on the grounds of his plush Country Pad

To complete his plans, Corden will also need to remove the existing driveway and extensive landscaping – creating a partially walled garden and preserving the property’s tennis courts.

The Hollywood star also had to be careful not to spoil the view from the Druid Temple.

Set in 43 acres of parkland, the Grade I listed stones are a cluster of 45 granite stones arranged in a circular pattern.

The building, which has a French inscription next to its entrance, was a gift from the people of Jersey to the Honorable Field Marshal Henry Seymour Conway when he was Governor of the island.

The surrounding grasslands have “an exceptional population of duds” alongside small populations of grass snakes, experts say.

There are also badgers and nesting birds, including red kites.

But the plans have drawn protest from the council’s tree official, who described the pile as “unsympathetic and incompatible” with the area.

They said: “The use of materials does not reflect the local slang of the area.

“The proportions of the structure in relation to the windows and the shape of the roof do not refer to classic features of large country houses such as are found in this district, and large wooden balconies such as are proposed are also not commonly encountered features.

And the proposal will create new areas of landscape for Corden and his young family to enjoy

And the proposal will create new areas of landscape for Corden and his young family to enjoy

The grounds are steeped in history. Pictured is the original cottage that once stood there, 1907

The grounds are steeped in history. Pictured is the original cottage that once stood there, 1907

There is also a listed Druid Temple on the site (pictured).

There is also a listed Druid Temple on the site (pictured).

The current house on the site, with its unique horseshoe design, was built in the 1960's but has fallen into disrepair

The current house on the site, with its unique horseshoe design, was built in the 1960’s but has fallen into disrepair

“Overall, I find the design and form of the proposed home to be unsympathetic and incongruous and will detract from the character and quality of the role-playing game, greenbelt designation and broader landscape character.”

Changes have been made to make the window proportions more consistent and ensure the sashes are more comfortably incorporated into the eaves of the main house.

The architect has also explained that the building is similar to other buildings on the estate, with traditional Franco-Italian and more contemporary examples.

Corden also wanted to demolish a number of other outbuildings and create a two-story swimming pool building with its own basement and a new garbage disposal building.

The ground floor would have had an 11.5 meter indoor pool, yoga studio, gym, bathroom and terrace with access to another 20 meter outdoor pool.

Corden and his family could have also unwinded in the yoga studio and gym, with the first floor opening onto a decking area with a lounge area, massage room, steam room and sauna.

But those extravagant plans have been shelved to allow the application to go to the planning committee.

However, it is possible that these will recur in the future.

Corden hasn’t said where he will live when he returns home from the US, but it seems likely this new apartment would be an ideal home for his wife Julia and their two children, Max, 11, and Charlotte, five .

Corden will leave The Late Late Show in mid-2023 after announcing the bombshell in early 2022

Corden will leave The Late Late Show in mid-2023 after announcing the bombshell in early 2022

After eight years abroad, this property is just a short distance from his childhood home near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

He recently gushed that his upcoming move “feels absolutely right in every way”.

The 1960s property has a unique curved design, but it’s been boarded up while its huge indoor pool sits empty and the luxe retro interiors are covered in dust and dirt.

It has a 1,640ft driveway that winds up to the property which offers sweeping views across the Berkshire and Oxfordshire countryside.

The original country house was built in 1869 and used as a boarding school from 1948 until it was demolished and replaced by the current building in 1961.

A gated pool house was added to the property in 1972 and 1973.

Electricity in the four-bedroom home is said to only work in some parts, while the patio is infested with weeds.

Its gates are littered with warning signs.

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Emma Colton

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