29 Jul '14, 12pm

It looks like Charlie's Hobbit House in Wales is going to get the axe. A complex issue.

It looks like Charlie's Hobbit House in Wales is going to get the axe. A complex issue.

A year ago we asked, Should this "Hobbit House" be demolished for flouting the planning rules? It is a lovely thing, built of straw bale and found wood with a green roof, but it had been built in protected countryside. According to Natural Homes, With a baby on the way Charlie felt he had no choice but to build his house without the approval of the planning authorities, convinced permission for his home would be refused. © Amanda Jackson Indeed, Charlie and Megan did a lovely job, and touched a chord around the world as nearly a hundred thousand people signed petitions to save the house. We did a poll on TreeHugger that got two thousand votes, 91% in support of saving the house. It is a difficult issue. As some commenters noted, if it was a monster home with a two car garage, we would have no qualms about saying that the countryside should be preserved and the rules should...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/after-long-f...

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