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Planning permission for a royal home causes a row

The future king of Norway has found himself dealing with planning permissions after deciding he wants to alter his royal home. Crown Prince Haakon’s plans for a replacement for a barn on his estate were described as ”unusual” and ”not good enough”. However, the first in line has now been given the green light to go ahead.

In the past week, permission has been given to demolish an old barn and replace it with a warehouse. The local municipality has also approved an extension to the parking area at the historic Skaugum estate.

Permission has actually gone to the Skaugum Estate company, owned by the Crown Prince. The plans have faced objections since late 2022.

However, there are conditions attached to the planning permission. The director of the municipality said that the impact on ash trees in the area should be as limited as possible. Photo evidence of the construction fence that will be used also has to be submitted before any work can begin.

And the Agricultural Office in Asker is also involved. They have raised concerns about protection of ash trees while also noting that increased activity around the building mustn’t negatively impact agriculture in the area.

The new warehouse will include solar cells on its roof, for sustainability.

The Royal Court has not yet commented on the issue.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.