You should have asked permission…

Hobbit Home, Pembrokeshire

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This sweet little hobbit house was built by a couple in the back garden of their parents’ home in Wales, using locally sourced materials, and with plenty of support from locals.

However, according to BBC news, after applying for retrospective planning permission, councillors have refused to save the property, saying that that it was “an unjustified development in open countryside contrary to planning policies” and that it does not follow the guidance in the Welsh government’s One Planet Development (OPD) policy.

Apparently the couple are going to appeal the decision on the grounds that the house has been built with a low impact on the environment.

As a fan of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ franchise, and a general love and support of everything green, I personally hope that this home survives ‘The Battle of the [Five] Councils’, putting an end to their  ‘Desolation’ and this very ‘Unexpected Journey’.

 

Shed of the Year, Cornwall

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Mr. Meville-Smith’s little pixie house, made of recycled wood, has, according to reports, come under threat of demolition after he started using it as a holiday let without planning permission in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The finalist of the Channel 4’s ‘Shed of the Year’ competition claims he had no idea he would require planning permission for a shed.

 

 

 

 

In other ‘shed’ related news…

A hut in Georgeham, Devon, used by ‘Tarka the Otter’ author Henry Williamson has supposedly been granted Grade II listed status by English Heritage. Tarka the Otter, published 87 years ago, brought the Devon countryside to life through the eyes of an otter. English Heritage said the hut, which was used by Williamson while writing, had been listed because of its “historical interest”.

 

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Planning Gone Mad…

Here are our top five controversial installations in UK …

Number 5: Garden Gravestone, Gateshead.

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Councillors approved this controversial development for 6 head stones in the front garden of a house in Gateshead. Not surprisingly there were a few complaints from local residents, and as a result, a fence was later erected around the features.

Number 4: Homehenge, Cornwall.

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If only we were all a little more like this guy… Ed Prynn, truck driver turned Archdruid of Cornwall!

His self-built bungalow features 500 slate nameplates completely covering the walls, an underground re-birthing cavern by the back door and 21 giant standing stones in the garden. The stones were dug up during excavations for an airport in the Falkland Islands and now serve as a place for Falkland Veterans to pay their respects. In 1999 during the solar eclipse, reportedly,  CNN and 31 other TV crew camped outside waiting for him to part the clouds.

 

Number 3: Martin Rice,  The Belfast’s Elvis.

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Anyone want to buy the house next door to this guy?…

 

2: The Big Pink Eye Building, Warrington.

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Second place has been awarded to Mick’s friend and client Tony Turk for his painting on the side of this Flour Mill in Warrington. Tony had originally hoped to paint a giant marine life mural on the side of the building but when the council tried to put a stop to it Mick stepped in and advised Tony that permission was not actually required for the painting, and as a result, he painted the pink eye as a statement to the council and its planning bureaucracy.

Number 1: The Headington Shark.

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Of course we have given first place position to the house with a shark crashing through its roof! …. Just because, its a house with a shark crashing through its roof!!

The shark first appeared in 1986 and belongs to a local radio presenter who said “The shark was to express someone feeling totally impotent and ripping a hole in their roof out of a sense of impotence and anger and desperation… It is saying something about CND, nuclear power, Chernobyl and Nagasaki“.

Obviously Oxford City Council tried to have it taken down on the grounds that it had not been granted planning permission, but the locals liked the shark so the issue was taken to Central Government in 1992 where it was granted permission as “it did not result in harm to the visual amenity”.

 

 

… and finally, from our friends in the U.S.A …

We have the installation of a vent to the neighbour who complained about a blocked view, and a statute to the ex wife next door!

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Yorkshire’s 5 Greatest Landscapes

IV9ddTOIf you were one of the 3.5 billion audience members who managed to catch any of Le Tour De France, Grand Départ coverage on ITV over the weekend, you will surely have been blown away by the beautiful scenic Landscapes that Yorkshire had to offer to its many visitors who came to join the locals in spectating the World’s greatest bike race.

Here is a reminder of just some of the sites you may have seen, along with a selection of what else God’s Country has to offer;

 

1. Yorkshire Dales, National Park. The Dales are just one of three National Parks that belong to Yorkshire, and Le Tour De France liked the area so much that it visited twice in two days. The park boasts a distinctive character of undulating hills, gentle valleys, impressive moorlands and easily the finest limestone display in the UK.

For more info, Visit: http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/specialplace

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2. The North York Moors, National Park. The Moors are England’s largest SSSI. Here you can expect to find a vibrant, dramatic and diverse landscape, rich in heritage and wildlife. Its isolated upland area is vast and extremely distinctive in character producing striking panoramic views in all directions, including the ‘finest view in England’ at Sutton Bank.

Find out more: http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk 

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Sutton Bank 

 

 

 

3. The Peak District, National Park. Designated as Britain’s first National Park, this district in South Yorkshire is known for its breath-taking landscapes, and its easy to see why this region is so well protected. The northern tip of the park was featured in the second stage of TDF, which involves one of the most iconic climbs in the country at Holme Moss.

http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/

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4. Yorkshire Wolds. The Wolds themselves are a countryside full of character, largely defined by its Chalk landscape, presenting gentle rolling hills.

The Wolds also feature some natural wonders including the Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve with its white cliffs and charming puffins, and the wildlife paradise of Danes Dyke Beach.

http://www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com/places-to-visit/yorkshire-wolds.aspx

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5. Yorkshire’s Heritage Coast. Situated along the eastern edge of the National park, this coastline has been shaped by thousands of years of extreme weather, creating stunning rugged cliffs, white sandy beaches and sheer wooded valleys. The sandstone cliffs age back to the Jurassic period and are popular with fossil hunters. The area is largely protected, and therefore unspoilt and beautiful.

http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/learning/focus-on/the-heritage-coast

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