David and Victoria Beckham’s Hertfordshire mansion may come under threat from a massive house-building scheme.
Plans to build 10,000 new homes along the the M11 corridor would require a new road which could cut through the couple’s 24-acre property in Sawbridgeworth.
The scheme to build the new homes north of Harlow in the Hertfordshire greenbelt has caused anger among locals.
Nigel Clark, secretary of the Stop Harlow North campaign, said the plan is still in its initial stages and it could be 2007 before the final decision is taken on what route the new road should take.
But he said one of the options being considered by the East of England Assembly would run very close or even straight through so-called “Beckingham Palace”.
“The worst case scenario would be the compulsory purchase of their land,” he said.
Mr Clark said he was hoping to gain the support of the celebrity couple in a bid to raise the profile of the campaign.
“We would love to have their third party endorsement. If it is not their garden it will be someone else’s,” he said.
A spokesman for the couple confirmed they were aware of the threat to their home but refused to comment on the plans.
“At the moment it is still very much outline plans so we are not prepared to comment.”
A Hertfordshire County Council spokeswoman said if the proposals were approved they would not go ahead for at least five years.
“The plan affecting the Beckham’s property is one of several options that have been put forward.
“The scheme is not on our current programme of work,” she said.