This one, in Devon, was built with railway sleepers, lorry tyres and scrap metal, by a couple of Londoners fleeing the capital. It wasn’t built with planning permission. After neighbours complained, the local council ruled to have it removed. In an appeal, however, planners praised the couple for their passion and a build that “sits very comfortably” with National Planning Policy rules on sustainability. Lovely.
But it’s hard not to feel bad for the couple who built this rather beautiful house, in Pembrokeshire. It’s built with local wood and straw bales rendered in lime, by a local couple priced out of their own neighbourhood. According to the local council “it represents an unsustainable form of development”, and will have to be removed. An appeal hasn’t helped. Unfathomable.
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