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Make's Tellytubbies dream over: Gary Neville brings in Germans

Footballer Gary Neville has dropped contentious plans by Make for a new underground home near Bolton

Despite winning a long-running battle last year for planning permission for the four-bedroom subterranean home, the ex-Manchester United star has now turned to German outfit Architekturbüro Lowe to proceed with cheaper, alternative designs.

The firm has come up with more conventional HUF house-type proposals compared with the Make’s flower-shaped home - described in the national press as a ‘Teletubbies house’ (pictured). Although no longer featuring a controversial wind turbine, the reworked scheme is still being billed as ‘highly sustainable’.

Submitted to Bolton Council at the end of last month, a committee date has yet to be fixed for the reworked designs (click here to read the full planning documentation).

Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make bagged planning permission for its proposals at the second attempt in 2011 after Bolton councillors initially rejected the PPS7 ‘country house’ scheme in summer 2010.

However the planning committee was swayed following a revised application from the former England defender which lowered the original proposed 39-metre height of a wind turbine.

Speaking about its replacement on the project a spokesman for the practice said: ‘It’s a shame that we are not involved in the new scheme but we wish [Gary Neville] all the best with the project.’

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  • This is standard practice for any soulless cynical developer. Get something special to win the planners over, then replace it with the cheapest standardised tat you can find.

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