UPDATE: Demolition of Pembrokeshire Roundhouse

Permaculture magazine
Tuesday, 24th June 2014

Pembrokeshire councillors will now visit sustainable low impact roundhouse before deciding on retrospective planning.

Councillors will visit the Pembrokeshire roundhouse before deciding whether to grant retrospective plannning permission.

The low impact roundhouse is home to Charlie, Megan and their son Eli. Charlie built the home himself, moving just before baby Eli was born.

Unfortunately, Charlie built the home without permission, later applying for retrospective planning. But Pembrokshire County Council decided the home should be demolished and Charlie, Megan and their baby should go back to their damp caravan.

They have been fighting to keep their sustainable home ever since.

On 1st August 2013 Pembrokeshire County Council's issued an enforcement saying the property must be demolished within 2 months because, "benefits of the development did not outweigh the harm to the character and appearance of the countryside."

This update has come since the planning committees meeting on June 24th, where they were discussing the retrospective planning permission. The recommendation document given to the committee read: "It is recommended that the application be REFUSED... The dwelling will be dismantled and removed. This would not be a difficult task since it has been built predominantly from natural materials." 

The councillors will view the property in July.

To read the full story visit: www.permaculture.co.uk/news/1906145187/stop-demolition-beautiful-low-impact-roundhouse 

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robin cook |
Tue, 26/08/2014 - 12:30

You can't really take the UKs planning system seriously?
the Governments support of Fracking has made a complet mockery of the planning procedure.
We only need to look at the US where fracking has been going on much longer ,be it the visual destruction or the damage to the environment we cant see,The Drilling companys are quite often set up just to do this job and when the gas or oil run out they go bust with no tangible assets all the equipment is on leasse ,hire or sub contract leaving the local Community to pick up the bill for the clean up and repair of infrastructure.
I find it very difficult to understand why the Government should be so keen to put up drilling rigs and at the same time saying wind turbines are unsightly.
We should be supporting people who build low inpact homes
a.because they are the way forward allowing people to live a low impact life
b.they give an oppertunity for self expression which they can leave to future generations.
My own experience of the planning system is that it is set to hinder people getting on, as individuals you have to turn circles and jump through burning circles and it becomes a war of attrition if you stick at it you can get through .Good luck to anybody who is trying to build there own house.