We’ve featured this sweet little home on our blog before. This house was built by a young family from natural materials when they realised they couldn’t afford to buy a conventional home in their area. The house is tucked away on land owned by the couple’s parents and has a lot of support from the locals and all over the world! The couple created the house to provide their son with a healthy environment to grow up in, but have battled for 3 years to keep their home safe.
Last July the couple applied for retrospective planning permission, however, the Council decided that the property had to go as it did not fit in with the surrounding Pembrokeshire countryside. The case has now gone to appeal and the couple are hoping that their house will be saved according to the Welsh “one planet development” practice criteria which require 65% of all subsistence, or 30% of food and 35% of livelihood, to come from the land. They argue that they are reaching the targets by combining sales from the families’ woodworking business with income generated by renewable energy provisions on site and a fruit dessert business.
A Planning Inspector visited the property in May and a final decision is expected in the coming weeks.
What are your thoughts? Should this house be saved? Or do you agree with the Council and think the house should go?
Update: the Planning Inspector has allowed the appeal and planning consent has been granted!