Gary Barlow has won a battle with conservationists over plans to demolish part of his £6million mansion in order to house his fleet of posh cars.
The Take That singer, 49, was granted planning permission to take down an area of his huge Cotswolds home despite opposition from animal rights activists over bats.
Critics of Barlow’s plans – which had been lodged under his wife Dawn Andrews’ name four months ago – claimed his property could be home to rare bat species and great crested newts, whose habitats are protected under law.
Gary wants to build a plush garage to shelter his many luxury cars, including a £100,000 Range Rover and the black cab he uses to get in and out of London’s West End.
But conservationists warned he could disturb potential roosting spots for bats by going through with his building work.
However, the local council granted him permission yesterday, although Barlow will have to install at least one bat box and a bird-nesting feature in the new structure.
Council staff also told him to ensure any lighting he uses in the garage doesn’t disturb or prevent bats from accessing their roosts.
Gary, who has lived in the six-bedroom mansion since buying it in 2007 for £2.3million, shares it with his wife Dawn and their three children, Daniel, Emily and Daisy.
He was previously denied permission to build another six-bed house in the garden of his country home, with council bods insisting the proposal would be out of keeping with the area.
As part of his current revamp, Gary also wants to build a shed to house his gardening equipment, as well as overhaul his garden with extensive landscaping, new flower beds, ornamental trees and lavender and shrub borders with brick paving.