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Hetreed Ross' eco-house finally wins planning

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An environmentally-friendly house in Bath designed by Hetreed Ross Architects (HRA) has finally received planning permission four years after plans were first submitted.

After twice being kiboshed by Bath city planners, planning for the construction stage of the three-storey Skara Brae house, which will be tucked into the hillside on Lyncombe Vale, is now under way.

Initial plans for Skara Brae were filed with Bath and North East Somerset Council in 2003 but, following objections from the public, council planning officers sent the scheme back to the drawing board.

HRA partner Jonathan Hetreed told the Bath Chronicle: 'The most vigorous opposition to this was from planning officers who wouldn't talk to us.

'They just refused this almost immediately and eventually they told us what was wrong - more or less everything.'

Planners were finally overruled earlier this year when a planning inspector approved the project.

The house, which will be built from sustainable materials, will have a rubble stone facade. The two upper levels will be edged with Bath Stone planters and the house will also boast a swimming pool and underground double garage.

Work is expected to start early next year and will take six to eight months to complete.

by Max Thompson

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