Making room for the grandchildren? Plans in place for an extension to a lodge on Princess Anne's Gatcombe Park estate – as her daughter Zara welcomes a baby girl
- Plans for a two-storey extension to a lodge approved by Stroud District Council
- Lodge is in the grounds of Gatcombe Park estate, Princess Anne's residence
- Her daughter Zara has just welcomed her second daughter with Mike Tindall
- Planned two-storey extension incorporates a kitchen and a bathroom
- New baby is a fourth grandchild for Princess Anne, daughter of the Queen
Her family is expanding, and so, it seems, is Princess Anne's country estate.
It was announced yesterday that her daughter Zara Tindall has given birth to a baby girl, a second daughter for the 37-year-old equestrian and her husband, rugby player Mike Tindall, who are already parents to Mia.
The young family currently live at Gatcombe Park, Zara's mother's Gloucestershire estate, having put their Cheltenham mansion on the market in 2013, the year before Mia was born.
And Stroud District Council has just granted permission for a two-storey extension to a lodge within the grounds of Gatcombe.
Documents lodged with the council reveal plans to install a kitchen and a bathroom at the lodge, and to replace the existing lean-to conservatory with a new and improved version.
The baby girl is a fourth grandchild for Princess Anne, who was with her mother the Queen at Royal Ascot when the news was made public.
The main house at Gatcombe, which has been Princess Anne's home since 1977
Plans submitted to Stroud District Council are thought to relate to this lodge on the outskirts of the Gatcombe Park estate
Buckingham Palace declined to comment when contacted by FEMAIL.
Proposed as a two-storey extension to the lodge on the Gatcombe Park estate, the plans submitted to the local authority indicate that the property will remain as a single use dwelling.
The extension will see the floor space increased from 115.5m sq to 135.5m sq.
The refurbishment will see an existing lean-to conservatory removed and replaced with an enclosed porch.
On the ground floor the wall between the kitchen and dining room will be knocked through to create a kitchen diner with a 'greater area of work surface', planning documents said.
An extension will be added to provide a ground floor toilet and utility area, and an existing bathroom upstairs will be revamped.
A smaller bedroom is to be converted into an en site for the master bedroom, and an additional bedroom will be installed above the ground floor extension.
It is not known what the property is currently used for, but it is designated as a single use dwelling in council documents.
As the arrival of her fourth grandchild - and the Queen's seventh great-grandchild - was announced, Princess Anne and her mother were arriving at day one of Royal Ascot
Yesterday the royal family announced that Zara has given birth to a baby girl - a little sister for four-year-old Mia Tindall
The lodge, which is set to be kitted out with a kitchen and bathroom under the plans for a two storey extension, is situated at the entrance to the Gatcombe Park estate, at the end of the drive leading from the main house (circled left) to the public road
The Queen bought Gatcombe Park for her only daughter and her then husband Captain Mark Phillips as a wedding present, and the couple moved in 1977.
It remains the Princess Royal's country residence, and her children, Peter and Zara, each had a cottage on the estate prior to their respective marriages.
Zara is understood to have moved back to Gatcombe in 2013 with her young family.
The Queen's granddaughter gave birth to her second child, weighing 9lb 3oz,at Stroud Maternity Unit in Gloucestershire on Monday.
The new baby, who is 19th in line to the throne and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's seventh great-grandchild, is a younger sister for four-year-old Mia Tindall, Zara and Mike's adorable oldest child.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: 'Mrs Michael Tindall was safely delivered of a baby girl on 18th June, at Stroud Maternity Unit.
'Mr Tindall was present at the birth.'
The palace went on to say the royal family is 'delighted' by the happy news, and added that the little girl's name would be announced 'in due course'.
Zara and her rugby player husband Mike, who welcomed Mia in 2014, suffered a late term miscarriage in 2016, but have now welcomed a second child
The baby is also a second cousin to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
The happy announcement came more than a year after the couple faced heartbreak when Zara suffered a miscarriage just before Christmas in 2016.
The new arrival is not an HRH and does not have a title.
Zara, a champion equestrian rider who won a team silver in the London 2012 Olympics, and former England rugby player Tindall have been together for 15 years and married in Edinburgh in July 2011.