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Boffin plans rail-mounted country house - images

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Madcap inventor and engineer Robin Hamilton has won planning permission for this one-off moving house on railway tracks in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

The scheme is, according to Hamilton, 'part house, part machine' and has been granted planning thanks to the PPG7 clause, which allows houses to be built in green belt areas if they are of sufficient architectural and technological merit.

In what must be a first for the UK, the 700-tonne dwelling will be mounted on rollers on a railway track and will revolve to capture and store energy from the wind and sun.

Hamilton's design offers a 'complete energy self-sufficient solution to clean living' and will be made partly from reclaimed tyres, and 'other environmentally friendly materials'.

Hamilton said: 'I'm really looking forward to starting work on this dream home. I've been developing the concept for many years and am delighted that planning permission has been granted.

'This property will certainly boast some rather distinctive features, not least the fact that I hope it will become the most energy-efficient, cost-effective 'green' design in the UK. These features can then be applied to other domestic and commercial buildings.'

The scheme offers 900m2 of space across three storeys, and will take two years to build.

by Richard Vaughan

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