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19/10/2017

Appeal: Subterranean ‘eco-home’ would be ‘too isolated’

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An inspector has refused plans for an underground ‘eco-home’ in the Derbyshire Dales that would be partially shielded from view by a recently approved agricultural barn, considering it too far from the nearest service centre seven miles away.

The appeal site sits within open countryside, beyond the settlement boundary of Alkmonton, a small village with no facilities except a church and post box. The nearest service centre is Ashbourne, a market town seven miles north.Derbyshire Dales District Council recently granted prior approval for an agricultural barn on the site, and a solar panel array to be constructed in an adjacent field........
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