Big Brother house avoids demolition as council grants new planning permission

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The fate of the Big Brother house has been decided today.

Bosses had made a move to keep the house for a further three years, and the proposals was approved by the local authority tonight (Thursday).

The council previously turned down documents submitted to them from the show’s production company back in May.

But Big Brother’s producers returned with a new application in July.

Big Brother’s famous bungalow was required to be taken down on 30 September – just days into the upcoming series of Big Brother.

A planning application submitted to the local council by programme makers Endemol earlier this year sought a one-year extension.

They stated: “Due to the ongoing production needs for the Big Brother programme over the next 12 months, Endemol seeks the retention of the Big Brother building so that those filming commitments can be fulfilled.

“We therefore seek an amendment […] to allow the Big Brother House and visual/acoustic screening to be retained for a further 12 months.”

However the plans were turned away by the council in May.

In July, Big Brother returned with a new application, seeking a THREE year extension to keep the house up. The plan also asked for permission to stage 32 eviction shows a year alongside occasional corporate events.

The proposals registered just the one objection from local residents who had the chance to comment. Councillors voted to approve the plans today (Thursday).

It means the future of the Big Brother house is now secure for at least three more years, running until 2021.

The Big Brother house, situated at Elstree Studios, was originally constructed in 2002. The previous planning permission ran for five years between 2013 and 2018.

Although the new planning application has gone through, as yet Channel 5 have not confirmed if the show itself will return beyond the end of the year.

It was previously said Big Brother definitely won’t return in its ‘current form’ next year.

Big Brother 2018 launches at 9PM on Friday night on Channel 5.

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