Today, justice has gone unserved. Photos and stories of Charlie’s roundhouse have been circulating the web for the past several months, especially when it was announced that Charlie and his family might have to demolish their incredible and artful home, since the house was deemed “harm[ful] to the character and appearance of the countryside” by Pembrokeshire County Council planners.
Once you see images and hear the story of the home’s construction, however, you will realize the true depths of the soullessness and inanity of the planners. True, the home was built without official permission, but the defense is groundless and faulty. Here is a couple that built an incredible and gorgeous shelter using natural materials, in a highly respectful and humble regard, stemming from a basic need for a healthy living space. And now? The order to demolish the home because it negatively affects “the character” of the landscape? Sounds like that is one kind of landscape that I would avoid, if it cannot accommodate a gorgeous and timeless structure such as Charlie’s roundhouse.
Unfortunately, the appeal for retrospective planning permission was officially denied, and now the house must be completely destroyed, with the land returned to its original condition, leaving the family homeless. Here’s the full scoop.
I’m unsure if there is any absolute last minute chance to turn the tide (doubtful?), but my goodness, my heart truly goes out to Charlie and family. I know the labor of love that is creating your own home from the ground up, using natural materials, and taking on the massive, daunting, and humbling task. It is an experience like few others. I could not imagine some one coming to my door, and telling me to take down my home, because of some nonsensical reason.
Justice… where are you?
Image credit: Natural Homes