Just one wall of the Strictly judge's home remains as builders work to make Darcey's dream home a reality.

The 1920s property has been covered in scaffolding and boarding, a far cry from the stunning three-storey, four-bedroom home it will become.

The ground floor will contain a living room and large kitchen/dining room looking out over the garden.

Darcey, 49, and her husband Angus bought the house in 2014, having spent five years living in Australia.

They submitted plans to renovate the home in 2016 but have faced opposition from neighbours worried the developed property wouldn't be in keeping with the area.

The Daily Mail reports how one unimpressed homeowner said of the original plans: "I am concerned at the already increasing numbers of historic houses facing either total demolition or internal gutting.

"In time they will become soul-less shells of once cleverly and stylishly designed houses.

"This desire and fashion to have the perfect, built to personal specification house, is resulting in the loss of historic interiors, which, in other circles, are highly desirable."

Darcey will soon go back to work on Strictly as fans countdown to the new series.

Today Katie Piper was the first contestant to be officially announced by the BBC.

Earlier this year Darcey was made a Dame for services to dance, receiving the honour from the Queen.

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