Final whistle for footballer's £6m zero-carbon 'bunker'
Friday 25 June 2010
It was not so long ago that Gary Neville was touted as a possible addition to England's World Cup squad. But while his former England team-mates celebrated their place in the last 16 yesterday, the Manchester United captain was busy addressing Bolton Council's planning committee.
For the carbon-neutral underground bunker that Neville had been hoping to build on his Lancashire estate, at a cost of £6m, was refused planning permission yesterday.
Neville had hoped to construct a zero-carbon, futuristic four-bedroom property on moorland between Bolton and Bury. The plans had been praised by green activists, though others had likened its petal-shaped design to the "Teletubbies house" and local campaign groups had vociferously opposed plans to site the home on greenbelt land.
Bolton Council had been expected to give the go-ahead having recommended its approval – subject to government backing – because of "its exceptionally high quality of design" and "sensitive relationship with the surrounding landscape and its neighbouring residents".
But planning committee members ignored the report's advice and voted by 14 to 6 to refuse the application. Accompanied by his wife, Emma, Neville gave a short speech at the meeting at Bolton Town Hall in support of his application. The 35-year-old said he was still as passionate as he was when he set out on his "journey" to build a unique home for his family 18 months ago.
He said: "One of the crucial things we did was to open plans up to independent scrutiny at the highest level. While the scheme has been faced with some objections, I have privately met with residents. Houses are supposed to move towards generating their own energy by 2016 and we will all have to go on that journey."
"There is an opportunity to create an important moment in Bolton. Schemes likes this will inspire."
peopleContenders for Time magazine's Person of the Year are a mixture of the good, the bad and the holy
arts + ents... and a chance to paint Booker Prize winning author Hilary Mantel
danceUnder Tamara Rojo's inspired direction, it seems possible that it could challenge the dominance of the Royal Ballet. We meet some established names and rising stars
travelDiscover Uruguay's jet-set beach resort, an Atlantic enclave with plenty of art and culture to explore on the side
Life & Style blogs
- 1 Mountain goats' miraculous escape from avalanche captured in dramatic video footage
- 2 It’s shameful that our universities have accepted gender segregation under pressure from the most oppressive religious fanatics
- 3 Sir Ian McKellen hits back at Damian Lewis' 'fruity actor' claims
- 4 Kenyan politician Mike Sonko left red-faced after photoshopping himself next to Nelson Mandela
- 5 Selfie at funeral: Cameron squeezes in on Obama snap at Mandela memorial
£35000 - £44000 per annum + outstanding company benefits: Pro-Recruitment Grou...
£25k per anunum: Charter Selection: A $2 Billion automotive information group ...
attractive: Citifocus: Highly prestigious Investment Management house based in...
£30,500 per annum: London-Tokyo Property Services Ltd.: Central London based J...