Update as of June 18th, 2014: The Pembrokeshire County Council has given Charlie Hague and his partner Megan two months to demolish their beautiful hobbit home, which has a green roof and lime-plastered straw bale walls. Charlie built the home on his father's property over a period of one year using techniques learned from the nearby Lammas eco-village in West Wales. Before Megan fell pregnant, they spent 4 years living in a cramped, damp caravan. Certain that the planning council would not give them permission to build the home, Charlie went ahead anyway, but applied retroactively for permits. These were denied because "the benefits of a low-impact development do not outweigh the harm to the character and appearance of the countryside having regard to the provisions of the development plan," the inspectors ruled.
Natural Homes and Living in the Future are distributing Charlie’s petition to save his low-impact eco-home and we’re joining them. Remember the extraordinary hobbit house Simon Dale built for just £3,000, which delighted readers all over the world with its organic assemblage of local, natural materials and its passive solar design? This home was built with a similar ethos and strikes an equally touching chord. Charlie’s home is designed from natural resources from the land around him rather than with standard, processed materials with high embodied energy. If you think the Pembrokeshire County Council has got it all wrong, and if you think this home is far more harmonious with the countryside than a brick and mortar development, please sign this official petition, and help save Charlie’s amazing home. + Petition to Save Charlie’s Home + Via Natural Homes