Village eco homes given thumbs up

A PAIR of ‘super green’ houses have been given the nod by Peak planning bosses.

The two new houses will be built into the side of Bradford Dale on the edge of Youlgrave, much to eco campaigners’ delight.

Peak District National Park approved the house designs, which include modern sustainable features such as efficient insulation, passive solar heating, photo voltaic cells, green roofs, and rain water harvesting.

The authority’s planning committee gave the go-ahead for the earth sheltered dwellings against the recommendations of its own planning officers.

The people applying to build the houses already live in the village, which caused some controversy because the national park authority’s planning policies state that new houses can only be built for, and occupied by, local people in need of housing.

The proposal is contrary to the authority’s planning policy, which prevents new dwellings if the occupier isn’t in need of accommodation, the decision must be ratified at the next full authority meeting.

I don’t care one way or the other, but why have policies if they are not followed rigidly?

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk

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