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Help Save This Incredible Hobbit Home in Wales From Imminent Demolition!

by , 06/21/14


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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

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20 Comments

  1. Hamidah Helen August 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I hope it will stay, its so beautiful and fit nicely in with the eviroment. The nine officers from the council among Iwan Lloyd and David Popplewell that voted no should really rethink their ideas of what fit the environment and not. I guess they are in pocket of some developer that don’t want people to build their own house. This is a typical example of abuse of power which it seem to be a lot of in various councils in Welsh, since I have herd the weirdes stories.

  2. Nigel Chatwin June 23, 2014 at 8:09 am

    just a lil update…………its still there :)

  3. Maureen Hauck June 23, 2014 at 6:19 am

    This home is unique and adorable. It would be a terrible waste to let narrow minded people destroy it.

  4. zibalba June 22, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    and yet time and time again councils allow travellers to spoil rural settings with squattercamps,often causings thousands of pounds damage and local taxpayers must pay the bill! what kind of fucked up society do we live in that allows this injustice to continue. Absolutely no logic to it whatsoever, just plain downright ignorance, bigotry and greed!

  5. Saveit June 21, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I don’t know what decision has been made or will be made but I can only say if you rule against this beautiful little home YOU WILL BE WRONG. In the U.S. we fight to get things like this BACK not destroy them. Oh not everywhere in our country but then we too have a “bunch of nuts ” in various parts of the U.S. too. Environmentally what could be better and it is so absolutely well planned and well done and well thought out and beautiful how could you even put your name to an order to destroy it. WOW !

  6. josegoddard June 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    This house is so beautiful and one can see and feel the love that is put into it. Only an idiot would require that house should be demolished.

  7. chris preece June 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Please do not destroy this home. A thing of beauty and something Wales can be proud of. Planners what are you thinking? Don’t do it.

  8. liaisonsus June 20, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    We have the exact same problem here caused by a bunch of greedy, arrogant wealthy people who think they can just bully everybody to build and live in a cookie cut environment, dictated by their ignorant standards.There should be Laws against them and the destruction of our neighbourhoods!

  9. msophelia June 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    this story is from a year ago, despite the ‘updated’ comment. the inspector’s decision was from 2013. has there been any change?

  10. trefoglio June 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm
  11. Marko June 20, 2014 at 7:28 am

    these guys should appeal the decision, then petition the local residents to support the scheme. If the appeal fails they must demand a public enquiry. I am sure we will hear more about this house…

  12. Gillian Whalley-Okafor June 20, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Oh it is so beautiful. I wish you both luck in keeping your delightful abode!

  13. Frances Bolte June 20, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I hope this little gem is spared. It is charming and unique. Worthy of the rural location.

  14. Quintessential Jon June 19, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I have but three thoughts…
    First, it does look like a charming little home, and from what I’ve read about the technology, it is very comfy and eco-friendly. I can comfortably assume that it does fit its environment.
    Second, I haven’t the slightest knowledge of zoning, building, and urban planning codes and practices in the UK, nor full knowledge of the circumstances and obligations of building upon his father’s land.
    Third, it does strike me as possibly arrogant, probably chancy, and possibly just plain foolish to build when they were certain they’d not get permission to build in the first place, yet were still hoping for retroactive permits: is it really better to ask forgiveness rather than permission?
    I know my thoughts don’t amount to a hill of beans insofar as the Pembrokeshire C. C. may be concerned, but honestly, I do hope they’ll reconsider, and let the home stand essentially as is.

  15. C Kwasnicki June 19, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Please come to Canada! We would love you to build you designs here. We would welcome you!

  16. tigerkamka April 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    This is ridiculous. What is wrong with people today? Please leave this beautiful and harmful house alive. It is not just a thing, it does have a soul.

  17. pattypan November 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    jealous inspector no doubt…what a waste of a beautiful thing!!…

  18. Jroth November 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I am not sure how the council defines “harm to the character and appearance of the country side” this home truly reflects how one might harmonize nature with development
    Good luck in helpig council see the benefits.
    Jane Roth

  19. ChrissyVHB November 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    We do not live in a cookie cutter world. Everyone has different tastes. The world would be very dull place to live in if everything were the same. Fashion design is only one example. They should be allowed to keep their home as is. It is not a hazard to the environment…it just doesn\’t appeal to some…who are they to say what I can build on my land! Leave them be! Green is the way to go! The style and the natural wood inside is absolutely fantastic. I know quite a few people who would love to live in it….

  20. Mark Godbehere November 26, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    i believe that areas such as the one noted in this article that require you to conform your life style and living arrangements to that of a uniformity so as to look, or in the inspectors words, (harming of the character and appearance of the countryside) the same as everyone elses place is ridiculous, and for just that comment alone i can tell him a few others , historical figures in fact, who also thought that everyone should be of the same \\\”character\\\” and \\\”appearance\\\” Hitler and McBeth, let over its adorable, quaint and would probably be viewed by travelers as a jewel

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