NEW buildings are in the pipeline at an historic Grade II listed property which was once home to a former England footballer.

Ex-Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur defender Sol Campbell moved into Hallington Hall with his wife Fiona Barratt, the granddaughter of housebuilding group founder Sir Lawrie Barratt, back in 2009.

The property, near Great Whittington, went on the market six years later at an asking price of just under £6m.

Now a planning application has been submitted to Northumberland County Council.

Applicants Steven and Danielle Bell are seeking listed building consent to construct a single-storey garage, and a conservatory-type extension to the property’s single storey former potting shed.

A document supporting the proposals said the single storey garage and conservatory would be in keeping with the history and integrity of the property.

It added: “This application comprises a set of proposals for two elements of new build single storey garaging, together with a modest conservatory type extension to the existing single storey, mono-pitch former potting shed.

“The elements described are situated in the south-east corner of an existing courtyard and, in the case of the larger garage group, sheltering behind the boundary wall to the highway, and on the south elevation the similarly edged dividing wall to the adjacent estate cottage.”

Constructed in 1768, the Georgian property has a wealth of history to its name. It was built for the industrialist Ralph Soulsby and remained in his family until 1928.

It was then taken over by the Trevelyan family until 1962 when it was sold by the great historian Sir George Trevelyan.