Make Architects’ underground house near Bolton – designed for footballer Gary Neville – may not be built due to the ex-Manchester United star’s burgeoning media career in London
Ken Shuttleworth told the AJ that Neville’s success as a football pundit on Sky meant Neville was having to travel ‘almost daily’ from his current home in the North West to the broadcaster’s headquarters in London.
The new four-bedroom, subterranean home, described as a ‘Teletubbies house’, won planning permission last year at the second attempt after councillors in Bolton initially refused planning permission for 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.
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Pickles backs Make’s PPS7 house for Gary Neville
Make Architects’ flower-shaped house – designed for footballer Gary Neville – has been rubber-stamped by communities secretary Eric Pickles
Neville welcomed the Government decision not to call in the zero-carbon family home, set in an eco-friendly underground bunker on moorland between Bolton and Bury.
The scheme was branded a ‘Teletubbies house’ with its innovative petal-shaped design with the kitchen as the centrepiece and offshoots in the shape of a flower containing bedrooms, bathrooms, a garage, a children’s play area and a swimming pool.
Councillors in Bolton initially refused planning permission for the scheme last summer but later approved a renewed application from the former Manchester United and England defender Neville which lowered the original proposed 39-metre height of a wind turbine.
The approval was subsequently referred to Pickles because the proposed site is on greenbelt land.
Neville, who retired from playing in February, said: ‘I am obviously delighted that the Secretary of State has decided to allow Bolton Council to issue its decision to grant our planning permission.
‘After sensibly allowing the dust to settle, my professional team will continue their detailed design work and I can then look forward to building this exciting home.’
It is understood Pickles did not see the plans as a major departure from national planning guidelines.
A spokesman for Bolton Council said: ‘We were informed of the Secretary of State’s decision yesterday and a planning decision notice was posted to the applicant confirming that planning permission has been granted.’
The application, for land off Harry Fold Farm in Bolton, had attracted vociferous opposition from local campaign groups.
Last June, council planners recommended its approval - subject to Government backing - because of ‘its exceptionally high quality of design’ and ‘sensitive relationship with the surrounding landscape and its neighbouring residents’.
However, planning committee members ignored the report’s advice and voted to refuse the application.
Accompanied by his wife Emma, Neville told the meeting at Bolton Town Hall last year that it was ‘an opportunity to create an important moment in Bolton” with the first home of its kind in the North West and that such schemes would be inspirational.
The main grounds of objection were the principle of building on greenbelt land, the impact on the moorland area, the visual and noise impact of the turbine, and wildlife concerns.
The architect’s view
Stuart Fraser, Partner at Make, said: ‘We truly believe in this design and are delighted with the Secretary of State’s decision and look forward to delivering this exciting home. It has been a privilege to be given a brief which has allowed us to truly test the boundaries of current sustainable thinking in terms of design and construction and to work alongside some leading experts in this field.”
‘We have designed a beautiful and functional family home that consumes less energy than it uses. The positioning and orientation of the property have been carefully thought about, a ground source heat pump will provide the heating and photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine will generate on-site renewable energy. Building materials will be locally sourced and traditional building methods will be used.”
Previous story (AJ 07.03.11)
Make’s PPS7 house for Gary Neville lands planning
Make Architects’ flower-shaped house – designed for footballer Gary Neville – has won planning permission from Bolton Council
The scheme, which aims to build a four-bedroom home on greenbelt land between Bolton and Bury, cleared the planning stage with just 12 votes in its favour.
Last year Bolton Council rejected the planning application in a 14-6 vote. Committee members were swayed to approve the project this time because a wind turbine featured in the blueprint was lowered in height.
Bolton Council said the house was approved because of its ‘exceptionally high quality of design’ and its ‘sensitive relationship with the surrounding landscape’.
Stuart Fraser, partner at Make said: ‘We truly believe in this design and are delighted that Bolton Council’s planning committee has granted the project planning consent.
‘The project will now be referred to the Secretary of State with a recommendation from the local Authority to approve. The joint efforts of our team have generated an architectural solution which will be an exemplar of sustainable and environmentally-friendly living. We look forward to delivering this fantastic project.’
The ‘stem’ of the flower shape will accommodate the kitchen and the ‘petals’ will feature bedrooms, bathrooms, a garage, play area and swimming pool.
The scheme’s final go-ahead hangs on approval from the Government Office of the North West.