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Client drops troubled earth-sheltered home plans

The businessman behind controversial plans for an unusual earth-sheltered home in the Yorkshire Dales has decided to drop the strife-hit scheme.

Back in April the AJ reported that Howard Buffett had vowed to battle on to build his 325m 2'invisible' home in Hardraw, near Hawes, despite a major knock-back from National Park planners ( Park planners court controversy by rejecting earth-sheltered home).

At the time Buffet branded the authority's decision to reject his planning application 'galling' and accused park bosses of double standards after they backed a similar scheme for the organisation's own offices just a few miles away.

However, the National Park had complained that the new three-bedroom home - designed by well-known eco-architect Arthur Quarmby - was not in keeping with the area and could set a dangerous precedent.

Buffett maintained that the authority had not given him 'a fair crack of the whip' and lodged an appeal against the decision - an appeal which was due to be heard in two weeks' time.

Now it appears Buffett has had a change of heart and is no longer intending to pursue the application through the appeal process.

Buffett refused to comment.

by Richard Waite

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