Rod Stewart gets go-ahead for football pitch on grounds of his mansion

Rod Stewart is building a football pitch at his mansion. Picture: Getty Images

Rod Stewart is building a football pitch at his mansion. Picture: Getty Images

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Rod Stewart has been given the go-ahead to build a football pitch at his new £5 million mansion as long as he does not have floodlights.

The musician submitted plans for an artificial turf pitch at Durrington House in Harlow, Essex, despite being forced to give up playing the game through injury.

The singer bought the ten-bedroom 18th-century house on the edge of Epping Forest for £4.65m in 2013 but is only now set to move in.

Stewart, a Celtic fan, has admitted he has had to retire from his regular football matches because of injuries to his knees.

However, the 71-year-old still enjoys a kickabout with his youngest sons and ten and four.

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