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Dyson house backed by Farrell and Wilford - image

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Terry Farrell and Michael Wilford have rushed to back Chris Dyson after his plans to build a new family home around an existing 1960s house were snubbed by the local authority.

Last month the proposals for the £300,000 house conversion in St Albans, Hertfordshire, was rejected by the planning committee on the grounds that it was 'not in keeping with the surroundings' even though there was only one objection.

Now Dyson, who has lodged an appeal against the decision, has received full support from two of architecture's most respected stalwarts, who both believe the scheme could set 'a benchmark for future development in the area'.

In his letter to the planning inspectorate, Farrell says: 'The surrounding roads are already a melting pot of houses from many different genres- and this is part of the rich tapestry of towns and villages in which I firmly believe.'

A similar letter of support from Wilford highlights how the scheme 'will create a contemporary, energy-efficient and environmentally responsible family [home]' in place of 'a poorly designed and built Wimpey house.'

Under Dyson's rejected plans, the London-based architect had intended to retain most of the building's original structure, with the exception of the roof.

If the development ever gets the go-ahead, the 320m 2house in Townsend Lane will also boast a raft of 'green' features, including grey-water recycling, and will be finished in off-white render.

by Richard Waite

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