Earth shelter architect lodges appeal

Earth shelter architect lodges appeal

Earth shelter architect lodges appeal

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The architect behind plans for an underground eco-friendly home in a west Wiltshire village has lodged an appeal after the scheme was thrown out by councillors.

The environmentally friendly four-bedroom earth shelter planned in High Street, Chapmanslade, near Warminster, was refused planning permission by West Wiltshire District Council’s planning committee on August 21, as it was deemed to be 'outside of village policy limits'.

Planning officers ruled there was not adequate justification the project would be sustainable and there were also concerns from the Environment Agency about sewerage disposal.

Alvin Howard, agent for the project on behalf of applicant Clive Michael, from Chapmanslade, said: “There is a Government clause (Planning Policy Statement Seven) which states that if you design a house of outstanding technological design then it should be given planning permission, but that wasn't the case.

“The most important thing about this house is that it would be an incredibly valuable research tool. It would be sustainable from both its creation, with the zero carbon methods of construction, to the zero carbon emitted once it is built.

“I have had a specialist look at the actual design content of the building and it is totally zero carbon. It is outstanding.”

The house, which is designed to last more than 1,000 years, would be built using low emission concrete and recycled stone and rubble.

The two main benefits of an earth shelter are that it takes on the temperature of the soil around it, and isn't attacked by above ground emissions that deteriorate buildings.

Mr Howard, a member of the British Earth Sheltering Association, said: "I have built one like it in Warmley (south Gloucestershire) and that was very successful, and is increasingly so, but WWDC decided that they would not follow Government guidelines; they follow their own rules.”

The plans will go before the planning inspectorate at an informal hearing, although a date has not yet been set.

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12:27pm Thu 12 Mar 09

rugby says...

credit crunch??
if someone is willing to spend alot of money on some unused land why we sayin no to it..
some buliding company cuold be desperate for a job like that but u have the councilours sittin on there **** not worrying cause there jobs r safe!
credit crunch?? if someone is willing to spend alot of money on some unused land why we sayin no to it.. some buliding company cuold be desperate for a job like that but u have the councilours sittin on there **** not worrying cause there jobs r safe! rugby
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2:23pm Thu 12 Mar 09

Public Spirit says...

I really don't think that one-off houses like this will have any effect on th credit crunch or anything else for that matter, especially on the government tax hike of climate change....a daft venture but if thats how some people want to waste money acheiving nothing but a posh cave then that's their choice provided it meets planning requirements, which it seems this one doesn't.

The money would be much better spent building real homes for people. The likely money to go into this 'experiment' in something or other could have been put to building quite a few normal homes for normal people I would suggest.
I really don't think that one-off houses like this will have any effect on th credit crunch or anything else for that matter, especially on the government tax hike of climate change....a daft venture but if thats how some people want to waste money acheiving nothing but a posh cave then that's their choice provided it meets planning requirements, which it seems this one doesn't. The money would be much better spent building real homes for people. The likely money to go into this 'experiment' in something or other could have been put to building quite a few normal homes for normal people I would suggest. Public Spirit
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6:24pm Thu 12 Mar 09

Mr.Right says...

normal homes for normal people, whats next, local shops for local people, now where have I heard thst befor?
normal homes for normal people, whats next, local shops for local people, now where have I heard thst befor? Mr.Right
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9:48am Fri 13 Mar 09

Realistic old man says...

Public spirit is missing the point -isnt't this is a private venture?

'Credit crunch' was not mentioned in the article

Why the rant about "The money would be much better spent building real homes for people. The likely money to go into this 'experiment' in something or other could have been put to building quite a few normal homes for normal people I would suggest."
It's totally irrelevant.
It's the builder's money to spend as he wants -that's democracy.
Public spirit is missing the point -isnt't this is a private venture? 'Credit crunch' was not mentioned in the article Why the rant about "The money would be much better spent building real homes for people. The likely money to go into this 'experiment' in something or other could have been put to building quite a few normal homes for normal people I would suggest." It's totally irrelevant. It's the builder's money to spend as he wants -that's democracy. Realistic old man
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