‘Hobbit home’ awaits Pembrokeshire council demolish vote

From BBC News:

The owners of an eco-friendly ‘hobbit-style’ home are waiting to find out whether it will be torn down after it was built without planning permission.

The inside of the roundhouse

Pembrokeshire councillors will decide later whether the roundhouse can stay on land at Glandwr near Crymych.

Megan Williams and Charlie Hague built the house using local materials in the garden of her parents’ home in 2012.

They lost an appeal against a demolition order in 2013, but have asked the council to reconsider.

More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition supporting the couple.

Pembrokeshire council officials are recommending refusal, for breaking rules for developing homes in the countryside.

The inside of the roundhouse
Branches and other natural materials have been used to construct the dwelling
Last week planners visited the house before making their final decision.

Sculptor Mr Hague and Ms Williams argue that the straw-walled roundhouse, which took a year to build, has a low impact on the environment.

They lived in a caravan for four years, before moving into the new home just before their son was born.

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