American villa plan rejected on appeal for second time

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 September 2018

An artist’s impression of the single-storey villa. Picture: WYG

An artist’s impression of the single-storey villa. Picture: WYG


Plans to build a low-lying American villa in a village have been rejected on appeal again.

A house will not be built at Tyntesfield Springs in Wraxall after more than a decade of negotiations between the applicant, former Wraxall and Failand parish councillor Dr Hugh Pratt and North Somerset Council.

Dr Pratt obtained the rights to the design from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in 2007, his first application was dismissed by North Somerset Council in October 2014 to build a house with off-grid services, including a horizontal vortex hydro-electric turbine, which would provide renewable energy for the home.

The plan went to appeal on August 20, but the planning inspector again dismissed the proposal, citing it as being ‘an inappropriate development in the greenbelt’.

MORE: Unique villa plan to go to appeal after rejection.

A report said: “The proposal is inappropriate development in the greenbelt and harm has been identified to the openness, it does not meet the entirety of the exception to the need to avoid isolated homes in the countryside, and other harm, together with a failure to comply with development plan policies, has been identified.

“The other considerations in favour of the proposal, including the framework paragraphs referred to by the appellants, do not clearly outweigh the potential harm to the greenbelt and any other harm resulting from the proposal, so the very special circumstances required to approve the development have not been found to exist.

“The design of the building is outstanding, and aspects of the plan may be said to be innovative as well as reflecting the highest standards in architecture.

“However, the particulars of this land mean permission should be withheld and the appeal should be dismissed.”

The plan was widely unpopular among villagers, with more than 50 objections submitted to North Somerset Council’s planning portal, and the parish council felt the plans were in ‘stark contrast’ to nearby homes.

Dr Pratt told the Times: “It is a shame since we wish to share our proposed home with free visits by architectural students from universities who study Frank Lloyd Wright as part of their course work, they can only visit his designs by going to America or Japan.”

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