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Kevin McCloud's dramatic twist

The question is: will they pull it off?’ asks Kevin McCloud, as another over-ambitious, underfunded Grand Designs gets stuck in the minefield of construction.

The answer, after a couple of shots showing flooded foundations and a few ad breaks, is usually yes. Now, in a karmic bout of dramatic revenge, the television presenter’s own project in Swindon finds itself hanging precariously on the edge of a very real cliff before work has even started.
The proposed new 241-home scheme by Glenn Howells Architects at Pickards Field – the second development by Howells and McCloud’s Haboakus team in the town (AJ 10.11.11) – is officially on hold. This is because the council wants to consult ‘more widely with local residents’ on the planning application.
There is also the matter of a perfect-for-telly niggle over a small strip of land needed to access the homes, which campaigners claim has a restrictive covenant attached to it. Cue worried shots of Kev. This is going to be a tense 59 minutes.

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