Welsh "Hobbit House" Faces Demolition

Welsh Hobbit House

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A young family is making a last-ditch effort to save its cherished “hobbit house” from the bulldozers after planners deemed it had to be razed.

Charlie Hague and Megan Williams used natural materials to lovingly build their roundhouse tucked away in southwest Wales. But the pair, both 27, applied for planning permission only after moving in with their newborn son, Eli, in 2012.

Though many local people did not even know the small building was there, planners ruled the house did not fit in with the surrounding Pembrokeshire countryside and decided it had to go.

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7 Responses to Welsh "Hobbit House" Faces Demolition

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is an old story. In the end, you can’t just build anywhere you want. The writers are focusing on the poor couple and their cool house—I totally sympathize. But what if a billionaire built a pink Modernist house there. Same deal.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’ve lived off grid in a house that I built myself, starting 34 years ago. When I built the building inspectors attitude was “if you can’t see it from a paved road, it doesn’t exist.” “why didn’t the builder tell them?” This is obviously a handmade house, practically invisible to neighbors. As far as I’m concerned screw the permits! If they want to inspect it now to ensure that it’s safe, OK. If one wants to build their own house on their own land, they should be able to – no permits, no BS.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Pink modernist house WITHOUT GOING THROUGH PERMITTING PROCESS was my point. Also, it’s very hard to pull permits for houses right on water. Really, these poor kids learned a lesson. Why didn’t the builder tell them?

    • jdimauro44 says:

      Anonymous: “Builder?” Are you kidding? I may be wrong, but I believe they built it themselves. I hate to see such a beautiful little home demolished and hope there’s a way to either move it or get it in compliance.

  3. joe deblogger says:

    Planning rules exist for a purpose – without them people would be building anything, anywhere.
    Demolish it NOW…….

    • Anonymous says:

      Variances exist for a purpose too. If it meets the rules it should stay. Have a heart! (As a wise person once said: nothing good is written on the Internet after 2 am :-} )

  4. Lorraine says:

    Too sweet of a house to demolish. Give them a variance.

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