Eco-housing ruled out in rural location

An environmentally sensitive housing scheme using pioneering construction techniques has been rejected in central Scotland after a reporter ruled that it would harm the countryside and could not be counted as a form of farm diversification.

The appellant proposed to build eight houses, two of which would be offered to local residents in need of affordable housing. He explained that the houses would be heated by a central system using willow coppiced on his farm. He argued that this would help diversify the farm business and contribute to the project's eco-friendly nature.

The reporter decided that the houses would not be sensitively located in the landscape. Eco-friendly homes do not need a rural setting to be effective, he pointed out. Their relationship to the proposed centralised heating system using was tenuous and inconsequential in determining the planning merits, he concluded.

DCS Number 100-050-309

Reporter Maurice O'Carroll; Hearing.


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