Big Brother 2016 bosses get the green light to build huge house extension

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Excitement for Big Brother 2016 has ramped up today after production firm Endemol was given permission to build a massive house extension and new set for the show.

In January it was revealed that bosses have drawn up plans to add a 2-storey expansion to the house with 500 square metres of interior space and a second garden.

In addition, they want to revamp the live shows with brand new indoor and outdoor sets at the Elstree Studios base.

And today it was revealed that Hertsmere Borough Council has granted unanimous approval to the proposals - which received no opposition from local residents - after its planning committee held a meeting earlier this week.

Councillor Charles Kelly commented: "This is good news for Borehamwood. The show brings a lot of people in the area and money to the area."

Work is expected to begin imminently on the new development, which marks the biggest revamp of the Big Brother house since it first moved from Bow to Elstree in 2002.

However, the bigger house means that the capacity of the outdoor live show crowds has been reduced from 470 people to around 400.

The construction is expected to push the new series back to Big Brother's usual June launch schedule, after last year's run was brought forward to mid-May.

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A return to June will also give the show's host Emma Willis more time to recover from giving birth to her third child with hubby Matt Willis, which is due in early May.

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