Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been given the green light to renovate his £6m Tudor mansion despite opposition from archaeologists.

Archaeologists group Place Services, previously disputed the plans for Spains Hall in Finchingfield due to fears of "archaeological and historical interest".

But Braintree Council has now given the plans, which include a terrace and new access driveway, its approval after the TV chef altered the plans.

The Council said: "There would be no additional traffic usage as a result of the new access, it is merely moving the main access from the northern part of the site, to the south.

"In addition, it would utilise an existing 'gap' in the hedgerow which provides a gates access to the paddock.

"It is not considered that the proposed access would have a detrimental effect on the protected lane and is therefore acceptable in this respect."

The Grade I listed estate covers 70 acres and includes a great hall, games room, two drawing rooms and a wine cellar.

The chef has also submitted an application to restore a wood-fired oven, renovate the kitchen fireplace and put up posts for CCTV cameras.

Plans also include the construction of new gates at the end of his 250 metre driveway.