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Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie win planning battle to save collapsing moat at Brettenham home




Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie have won a planning battle to rebuild a collapsed moat wall at their Suffolk home and install new gates to stop trespassers.

The celebrity couple sought permission from Babergh District Council to repair and replace a moat wall at their historic farmhouse in Brettenham.

A design and access statement, submitted with the plans, said part of the wall had collapsed, was 'failing elsewhere with a significant lean' and part of the earth bank had started to fall into the moat.

Kit Harington, who played Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, has won planning permission for changes at his Suffolk home
Kit Harington, who played Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, has won planning permission for changes at his Suffolk home

It was also putting pressure on a wooden footbridge across the moat.

The actors wanted to replace it with a reinforced concrete core cavity wall on a concrete base to ensure 'long term stability and safeguard against future problems'.

However, conservation body Historic England raised concerns that the work 'could result in the loss archaeological remains'.

It cited a 2019 heritage statement which said there was 'a high potential for medieval and post medieval archaeology' at the site.

Barbergh District Council approved the work though after Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service ruled there would be 'no significant impact on known archaeological sites or areas with archaeological potential'.

The couple, who bought the Grade II listed property in 2017, also gained permission for two pairs of entrance gates after 'increasing' incidents of trespassers gaining access to their home.

A design and access statement said the new solid oak gates would 'help to minimise the constant invasion of privacy'.

Kit played the character Jon Snow on Game of Thrones and met his wife Rose – who played Ygritte – while filming season two of the hit television series.

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