A mansion that was once owned by John Lennon before selling it to Ringo Starr is being expanded to accommodate guests in a Middle Eastern royal family.
Lennon composed one of his greatest hits, Imagine, in his bedroom in early 1971, while living with his wife Yoko Ono in 18th-century Tittenhurst Park in Sunninghill near Ascot, Berkshire.
The former Beatle was filmed and photographed playing his hit on a white piano in the 18th-century house, now said to be worth £ 105 million.
Lennon bought the whitewashed Georgian mansion and its 72-acre plot for just £ 145,000 in 1969, but spent double the amount on refurbishment work and refurbishment.
The last ever photo shoot for the Beatles took place in Tittenhurst Park in August 1969, producing images that were used on the front and back of the Hey Jude album in 1970.
Lennon built a recording studio on the grounds before he and Yoko moved to the United States, and he later sold the house to his former bandmate, drummer Ringo Starr in 1973.
The spectacular Georgian property was sold to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the United Arab Emirates, for £ 5 million in 1988.
John Lennon bought Tittenhurst Park, Sunninghill, Berkshire for £ 145,000 in 1969
Lennon composed Imagine on a white grand piano in the Georgian mansion in Buckinghamshire
The Royal Quarter of Windsor and Maidenhead have given planning permission to build a three-bedroom extension to the mails – or town hall – originally built as a gift to Sheikh Zayed in 2002 at an estimated cost of £ 2million.
The expanded building will include a new eco-friendly green roof and landscaped gardens with seating.
Majlis already consists of several guest bedrooms, including VIP rooms and en suite bathrooms, a ‘plant room’, staff quarters and lower and upper terraces complete with an outdoor pool.
A design and access declaration accompanying the planning application said: ‘The guest house will introduce a modest extension to the existing paved terrace.
‘There will be three more en suite bedrooms and a corridor connection to the existing building, a total of 106.4 m2 of extra floor space.
‘The proposal for additional guest rooms is required to support the continued social and political entertainment expected of the Middle Eastern royal family. The design and size of the suites match the layout of the existing preserved bedrooms.
‘Although the footprint of the building increases, there is a reduction in the hard surfaces of the development by the inclusion of a planted roof, which increases the green footprint.’
The document adds that all three new bedrooms will have small stone patio areas outside, broken up by low planting with small trees and shrubs offering shelter.
Lennon sold the mansion to Ringo Starr before moving to New York City, where he was later shot dead.
A Middle Eastern royal family is seeking building permits to extend the palace for guests
It goes on to say that the new extension will match the design of the historic home and will ‘blend in and sit harmoniously with its immediate surroundings’.
The document states: ‘The proposal for the extra guest rooms is comfortably located within the property’s overall scale with respect for the existing facade treatment of the surrounding buildings and the general openness of the green belt along with increasing the grounds for landscaping.
‘We consider this to be an acceptable solution for this small development.’
Sheikh Sayed was the force behind the unification of seven emirates to establish the UAE in 1971 and became its first president until his death in 2004.
Cadastral documents reveal that Tittenhurst Park is currently owned by Edelweiss Properties Limited, registered in the British Virgin Islands
He also served as ruler of Abu Dhabi from 1966 until his death.
His son, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, now serves as president of the United Arab Emirates and the Emir of Abu Dhabi, and is reported to have an impressive British real estate portfolio worth an estimated £ 5 billion.
Cadastral documents reveal that Tittenhurst Park is currently owned by Edelweiss Properties Limited, which is registered in the British Virgin Islands.
The property and extension are used by the family of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan from the UAE to accommodate his family during events such as the Royal Ascot
But it was reported earlier this year that the house is still ultimately owned by Sheikh Khalifa’s family. It is said to be used regularly to accommodate family members on special occasions such as the Royal Ascot.
It appears from the planning documents that a tree protection plan will be drawn up to ensure that trees on the recognized land are not damaged during the development work.
The grounds of Tittenhurst Park include rare Chinese palm trees, Nevada redwoods, cedar trees in Lebanon, weeping cherry trees from Japan, monkey puzzles, copper oak trees, beeches and cypress as well as rare camels and 30 varieties of magnolias.