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Learning with hobbits

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Ever wondered how Bilbo Baggins bagged planning for that delightful bungalow in Middle-earth?

Well, for Scottish architect Stuart Bagshaw that question is a genuine professional concern.

The designer of the Hebridean ‘hobbit houses’ apparently has no end of difficulty squaring projects with officials. Waxing lyrical on drawing at the RIAS Convention 2010 in Stirling last week, he revealed that Argyll and Bute Council once refused a proposal on the grounds that Bagshaw’s plans were in free-hand.

As for building control, he said: ‘If we get a building inspector who is still training and he can learn on one of [our projects] you tend to get a good result on it.’

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