‘Hobbit’ house will bring eco fame to city

Room with a view: An artist's impression of the Earth House 1248608
Room with a view: An artist's impression of the Earth House 1248608

An underground ‘Hobbit’ house is set to put Milton Keynes on the map by becoming one of the most unusual energy efficient homes.

The Earth House will be sculpted into the side of a hill at the edge of a forest in Bow Brickhill.

It will be completely carbon neutral, generating its own electricity from the sun, collecting heat from the soil and water from the ground .

But the eco plan has received a frosty reception from some villagers, who fear traffic chaos from trucks delivering the necessary building materials to the narrow London End Lane.

Bow Brickhill Parish Council chair Ann Sidgewick this week slammed the environment-saving scheme as “ridiculous”.

She accused the council of ignoring common sense in a bid to make MK seem “trendy.”

Development Control councillors gave the application final approval last week, despite the protests.

Committee chair Brian White said there were no reasonable grounds for refusal.

The go-ahead marks the end of seven years of planning for owner Frank Ainscow, who helped build one of the houses in the city’s famous FutureWorld project two decades ago.

He said: “This property is designed as a highly energy efficient, environmentally sustainable family home.

“We will be working extremely carefully to ensure construction impact is minimised and the home achieves all its design aims.

“All the necessary environmental measures will be taken to ensure this is a responsible build, and we are meeting every single one of the planning conditions that have been required since we first proposed this home.