Hobbit Home, Pembrokeshire
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
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”.