LIVERPOOL skipper Jordan Henderson has been told he cannot demolish a cottage to build a new mansion until historians have studied the building.
He’s bought two adjoining properties in a rural village and has applied for permission to knock both down so he can build a £2million home.
But local planners have said that an archaeological report must be compiled on one of the homes.
A planning officer with East Cheshire Council said in a report: “Having reviewed the supporting documentation and the information held on the Cheshire Historic Environment Records, I can see that one of the buildings proposed for demolition (Mount Pleasant) appears on the first edition OS Map (1847) and the Cheshire Tithe Map (1841) this would require a level II historic building survey prior to demolition to ensure there is an adequate record of this building.
“An archaeological building level II building survey would be the appropriate method of work in order to achieve a permanent record of this building prior to its demolition.
“This work may be secured by condition, a recommended wording for this is offered below: No development shall take place within the area indicated until the applicant, or their agents or successors in title, has secured the implementation of a programme of archaeological work in accordance with a written scheme of investigation which has been submitted by the applicant and approved in writing by the local planning authority.”
The 29-year-old midfielder wants to build his super-house near Knutsford.
Henderson's scheme has attracted opposition from neighbours and the parish council, which warned it will "lead to a reduction in the housing stock of the village" and said the planned property had the appearance of a hotel.
Planners are due to rule on the plans in the coming weeks.
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