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An architect was so appalled by the plans for two new homes in her English village that she bought the land for herself in order to design and build better homes for her neighbors.
66-year-old Fran Bradshaw says that she was ‘horrified’ when the developers revealed their plans for the two houses which they planned to build on the plots next to her home in Hickling, Norfolk. She had the intention to design houses that would enhance the village and also help the environment- so she decided to match the price of the plot of land.
Bradshaw, an architect for the last 3o years then designed and built eco-friendly homes, which according to her is keeping with the layout of the area. Bradshaw says,” A developer had expressed interest to build two houses and put in a planning application for two homes on the plot next door. Our neighbor approached us and asked if we wanted to purchase the plot ourselves instead.”
“The plans from the developers were, in my opinion, horrible. It was price maximizing and I was cross about it. They were badly designed, didn’t fit on the site and were designed only to increase the site value. It made me angry because I hate designs like those. I believe houses should be built for the people living in them, not the developer’s pockets.”
Bradshaw continues, “I thought was that really what people wanted? So I matched the offer to buy the plot and have designed two semi-detached houses and the village has been very supportive and encouraging of us building the new homes.”
Bradshaw happens to be a partner at an architectural firm in London which specializes in low energy sustainable design and detailing with the help of natural materials along with the Passivhaus standard buildings. The Passivhaus designs are known for combining the traditional styles and cutting edge technology which contributes to the high energy efficiency of the buildings.
The plot was bought last Christmas and it cost Bradshaw and her retired partner Georg Hermann just over 200,000 pounds. And it has taken local and specialist buyers only 9 weeks to get the houses almost finished in the basic structure.
As Bradshaw signs off, she says, “I think we’re as a country, very conventional in our building methods and I think perhaps more sustainable methods are not adopted because to teach the labor industry and turn it into a highly skilled industry would be very difficult. These really are the houses everyone should be building.”
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