December 6 2013 Latest news:
By John Elworthy
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
DESIGNERS who came up with this vision of a 21st century home on the approach to Wisbech were celebrating after winning approval from Fenland Council.
Peter Humphrey, whose company drew up the plans, said he was delighted the scheme had been approved “even if some councillors thought it looks like a grain silo.”
But he added there were many councillors “who loved it that much they would love to buy it”.
The house that Mr Humphrey believes will “enhance the area and could become a local landmark” will replace an old bungalow at Crooked Bank.
“Many homes being built locally are all of a similar design and the applicants are extremely excited by the opportunity to build and live in a unique property which is completely new in Fenland,” he said.
“We feel this home could not only enhance Fenland but could also be recognised nationally, something that applicant, agent and Fenland District Council could be proud of.”
Mr Humphrey said planning officers had previously indicated “that this unique style and size of dwelling would be appropriate for the site.
He said his firm had met officials on numerous occasions to discuss the application and planning officers have indicated that this style could be appropriate for the site.
Eco features will include thermal insulation and high performance double glazing and heating.
The planning officer who inspected the site said that although the proposal “goes against the thrust of replacement dwellings policies per se” he felt the “innovative design and appearance” was sufficient to justify an exception to existing policies.
Town councillors agreed to allow it, noting it was “an interesting design”.