William & Kate's Plans for Their Country Manor Are Approved
03/12/2013 AT 08:45 AM EDT
Renovations have been approved for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's likely future country home – including measures to ensure greater privacy and expand accommodations, the local council confirms to PEOPLE.
Also in the works: construction of a new "garden room" at the magnificent Georgian mansion Anmer Hall, one of more than 100 properties on Queen Elizabeth's Sandringham estate in north Norfolk – though the Palace has not officially confirmed the couple will take over Anmer Hall, which is currently being rented to tenants.
The approval of plans for the residence comes as the royal couple's London home, Apartment 1a at Kensington Palace, undergoes a refurbishing into a modern family home.
William, meanwhile, is soon set to announce his plans for the next stage of his career. His choices include staying in the RAF Search and Rescue squadron; heading to another branch of the military; or undertaking royal or other duties.