Fwd: [Diggers350] Fwd: Please help to save this absolutely beautiful dwelling.

geonomist steve at envisioneer.net
Fri Apr 12 21:07:56 BST 2013

Surprised to see such disinformation here. The only privilege is the freedom to design for beauty that comes with unfettered control of your own home.

As to 'true' low-impactors, both Tony Wrench and Simon Dale occasionally worked on this house, as did I, along with a stream of gifted craftspeople passing through Lammas as volunteers, some staying for months to work on the house, inspired by what they were creating. None of them would support the kind of development you are criticising without knowledge or justification here.

Charlie had never seen a strawbale dwelling till they started popping up next door, and he is a perfect example of someone inspired to emulate the low-impact vision of Lammas using materials almost entirely gathered from the immediate surrounds.

It seems your vision of low-impact, like your Dickensian idyll of humble peasants gratefully huddled in caravans, requires being virtuously content with crappy disposable cast-offs from consumer society. Many of us are no longer content to beg such crumbs.

Sustainable does not equal Ugly. 


Begin forwarded message:

From: "Ian" <ian.stardust at ukgateway.net>
Date: 25 March 2013 21:24:26 GMT
To: Simon Fairlie <chapter7 at tlio.org.uk>, 
Subject: Re: [Diggers350] Fwd: Please help to save this absolutely beautiful dwelling.
Reply-To: ian.stardust at ukgateway.net

This is all over the internet, but I feel quite a lot of resistance to it. This is certainly a well
made building and it would be a pity to knock it down but why simply because this is made
from straw bales, should we support this any more than if it was made with bricks and
mortar. It doesn't look "low impact" to me. To me it reeks of privilege. These are rich people
trying to take advantage of the hard fought for inroads into the planning system made by
true low impactors like Tony Wrench. Many people I know would be only too pleased of the
chance of a "freezing damp caravan" securely sited and would use low impact methods to
make it warm and dry.


On 25 Mar 2013 at 19:36, Simon Fairlie wrote:

    From: <hearth at hartwoodcommunity.coop>
    Date: 25 March 2013 11:38:33 GMT
    To: "SimonFairlie209" <chapter7 at tlio.org.uk>
    Subject: Please help to save this absolutely beautiful dwelling.
    Reply-To: <hearth at hartwoodcommunity.coop >

    Hi SimonFairlie209,
    Another day, another young family is threatened with needless eviction and the destruction of
    their home and the savings they invested in it. But this one could be different...
    Charlies Home
    Literally right next door to the Lammas Ecovillage, Charlie & Megan's stunning strawbale home,
    built in a corner of the family farm, is easily the best example of it's kind I have ever seen. Please
    watch this short video to meet Charlie and see what they have created.
    Having grown up in the village and then like thousands of others, finding the only permitted way
    to stay in their area, even with a child, was to live in a freezing, damp caravan parked in the
    garden, they took the plunge and built this masterpiece with help from friends, neighbours,
    Lammas residents and volunteers.
    This is a young local family, trying to remain on their family farm, right next door to the most
    famous low-impact development in Britain, in what is hard to describe in words other than
    'stunning' and 'beautiful'. Even the officials sent to inspect the place were overawed, exclaiming
    "You could win an award with this!".
    There has probably never been a better opportunity to show up the planner's antisocial
    vandalism for what it is. Media friendly, young local family and glossy photo opportunities galore.
    A perfect way to show up the risible affordable housing policy, and unjustifiable refusal to apply
    new TAN6 planning laws in practice.
    Please support their appeal by spreading the word, links to the video and filling in the short
    appeal support form also available with guidance from the Natural Homes website here:
    This has a deadline of 4 April 2013 - so please act NOW!
    Their victory would open the door to many others desperate to provide comfortable, truly
    affordable homes for their own families.
    Thank you for reading,
    Steve James.

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