Diary: Rowling secures permission for Hagrid house

First, news that author JK Rowling has secured planning permission for a hut in the grounds of her Scottish estate that resembles the home of one of her Harry Potter characters, the gamekeeper Hagrid.

According to press reports, the hut will be built on the edge of a forest on the 66-hectare Perthshire estate. The application for a circular structure, with a slate roof and circular bench, was approved by Perth and Kinross Council.

Next, an update. Diary hears that Liverpool and England footballer Adam Lallana has gained retrospective planning permission for a controversial all-weather football pitch in his back garden - but has been told that he cannot put up floodlights.

Diary aficionados will recall how Lallana enraged neighbours earlier this year after building the pitch in his back garden without planning permission (Planning, 20 June, p32). East Dorset District Council has now approved a retrospective application for the play area, including the pitch, basketball nets and a zip wire.

But the council has imposed a condition against installation of floodlights, fearing that they would change the area's character.

Finally, more news of the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society, whose chairman Kevin Beresford has been named one of Britain's dullest men. Beresford, the driving force behind the Roundabouts of Redditch calendar, will grace the Dull Men's Club's own calendar as Mr January. "I'm dull and proud," he said. "You can feel secure with a dull man. He won't run off with Lady Gaga."

The society recently presented the 2014 Roundabout of the Year award to the Stonehills roundabout on the A38 in Gloucestershire (Planning, 10 October, p36).


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