Refused: Make's underground home for Gary Neville
Bolton Council has kicked out Make Architects petal-shaped, underground country house for Manchester United footballer Gary Neville
Submitted under the ‘contemporary country house clause’ or PPS7 (Clause 11 of Planning Policy Statement 7), the proposal was rejected plan the authority’s planning committee yesterday.
More than 100 formal objections had been received to the single-storey ‘eco-bunker’ by the council prior to the meeting at which Neville made a two-minute speech imploring the committee to allow the scheme, claiming it would become a ‘flagship green dwelling’.
However councillors were unconvinced and rejected the house, singling out access issues and concerns about the large wind turbine on the site.
It is unclear whether Neville will now make an appeal.
Make was unavailable for comment
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Make draws up Teletubbies-style home for Gary Neville
Make Architects have designed a petal-shaped, underground country house for Manchester United footballer Gary Neville
The design for a single story structure, which will be partially buried into the Pennine landscape, was submitted to Bolton Council planning officials two weeks ago (15 January).
Permission to build on the greenbelt site is being pursued under the obscure ‘contemporary country house clause’ or PPS7 (Clause 11 of Planning Policy Statement 7 – see below). The home could become only the 17th to win approval under the clause.
Gary Neville, who holds an honorary degree from the University of Bolton for his outstanding contribution to football, worked closely with the award-winning architects on the scheme which is noted for its resemblance to the set from CBBC’s Teletubbies.
Stuart Fraser of Make said: ‘The client has been heavily involved in the design process and is passionate about preserving the natural beauty of this area.’
The zoned, petal-shaped wings are themed ‘eat’, ‘relax’, ‘entertain’, ‘work’, ‘sleep’ and ‘play’ respectively, clustered around a central kitchen.
The carbon-zero home took more than three years to design.
What clause 11 says
‘Very occasionally, the exceptional quality and innovative nature of the design of a proposed, isolated new house may provide this special justification for granting planning permission. [It] should be truly outstanding and ground-breaking, for example in its use of materials, methods of construction or its contribution to protecting and enhancing the environment, so helping to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas. The value of such a building will be found in its reflection of the highest standards in contemporary architecture, the significant enhancement of its immediate setting and its sensitivity to the… characteristics of the local area.’
Top tips for PPS7-friendly developments
• Planners are interested in integration and innovation.
• Proposals should require limited connection to the national utilities infrastructure and not draw heavily on local resources.
• Understand the site’s ecology. Working with a landscape specialist is essential.
• Select interesting, low-carbon-footprint materials.
• The Code for Sustainable Homes is the standard for design and construction elements – include a code pre-assessment to back up your proposals.
Neil Daffin, Max Fordham