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Try again: MAKE redraws Neville eco-house

MAKE Architects has redesigned its scheme to build a PPS7 eco-house for Gary Neville in Bolton

The practice’s original plans featured a partially-buried ‘flower-shaped’ building with a wind turbine and received more than 100 complaints from locals.  Bolton’s planning committee rejected the proposal in June.

MAKE is now hoping to make it second time lucky and is poised to submit a revised planning application for the within weeks.

The PPS7 home eco-home, noted for its resemblance to the home of CBBC’s Teletubbies, sparked controversy due to its location on green belt land.

Manchester United Football Club captain Gary Neville was due to meet locals in a bid to allay their fears over the proposal for his Harwood estate which now includes a shorter wind turbine. The windmill has been chopped down from 39 metres to 30 metres.

However, according to the Manchester Evening News, the footballer failed to show up at a consultation with ‘all the neighbours who had objected to the original plans’.

Janet Wilcock said: ‘We were invited to one of the homes on his estate to look at the plans. He wasn’t there but we met some of the people who work for him. They showed us the new plans and, although the tower has been lowered, there were no other discernible changes.

‘We didn’t get any mulled wine or mince pies - but he did clear the snow off his drive so we could get down there.

‘I think a lot of people can understand why he wants to do it. It is obviously his dream but we feel this is greenbelt land and should be protected.”

Yet Stuart Fraser, partner at Make, is pleased Neville is keen to press on with his home plans despite the publicity. He said: ‘We are delighted that the applicant remains fully committed to the initial scheme, which responds to the landscape in a sensitive and innovative manner.’

He added: ‘The new application has responded directly to concerns […] relating to the height of the proposed wind turbine and has taken the opportunity to reduce the height to alleviate these issues.’

Planning consent was pursued under the ‘contemporary country house clause’ (Clause 11 of Planning Policy Statement 7 or PPS7) which states that the ‘exceptional quality and innovative nature of the design’ of a proposed building may provide ‘special justification for granting planning permission.’

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