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Paltrow & Martin’s home improvements

Paltrow and Martin bought the house beside their luxurious residence in the British capital in 2007 and have now been granted permission from local authorities to knock the two multi-million dollar properties together to create an $11.2 million (£7 million) superhouse with 33 rooms.

They are following in the footsteps of their close pal Madonna, who purchased the property next door to her London home and converted it into a gym. But the pop superstar was denied permission from local authorities to connect the two houses.

Work has now begun on co-joining Paltrow and Martin’s two homes, which will give them an additional eight rooms on the lower ground floor, six on the upper ground, five on the first floor and eight on the second floor.

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Plans obtained from the local council also show the pair aim to create a two-storey extension to give them even more space, and a slide in the garden for their two children, Apple, five, and Moses, thre.

The couple married in 2003 and own homes around the world, but consider London their main base.

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