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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

Previous story (27.01.10)

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.

Make Architects' proposed PPS7 country house for Manchester United footballer Gary Neville

Make Architects’ proposed PPS7 country house for Manchester United footballer Gary Neville

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

Readers' comments (6)

  • Carlos Tevez as first on the list for the house warming anyone?

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  • Very low design level...I reckon Tevez won't be impressed

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  • ‘The client has been heavily involved in the design process and is passionate about preserving the natural beauty of this area.’ You could do better by not building it there in the first place, but it's a nice light touch if you do.

    Not too sure about the resemblance to the teletubbies house, do I detect an AJ agenda to discredit any earth burried house?! Noted by dopes more like it.

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  • "Very low design level...I reckon Tevez won't be impressed"

    You never been to Cheshire have you believe me this is the second best designed footballers house. George best’s being the best (like his name :)). Believe me the lack of any sense of taste in the average footballers house is immeasurable they mostly want to live in huge and I mean huge Barrett houses with all that money can buy you from the Argos catalogue. Go to Cheshire look at there houses ye mighty and despair

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  • Like anonymous said, what is the point in building it in the first place if he cares so much about preserving the natural beauty, it is a load of tosh. Gary will no doubt need a 4x4, a ferrari, (insert sports car) to go to and fro, the wife will need three also. I guess this project is a critique of his life and you have to hand it to MAKE. They believe that solitude life in a bunker on a dour and desolate pennine moor is right for Gary Neville, they know more than anyone, so from the outside looking in I would say Gary and MAKE have got this spot on.

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  • Were any of those 100 formal objections from Tevez?

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