Freddie James

The UK’s First Eco Community Obtains Building Approval From Local Authorities
March 16, 2010, 2:38 pm
Filed under: Eco Design

The UK’s first eco community has been granted permission to start building a mini eco village. The community will consist of nine families who are going to build their houses from straw bale, mud and timber in the Welsh village of Glandwr.

The community is called the Lammas and the members will build four detached dwellings and a row of five attached houses on a plot of 76 acres. They’re going to live off-grid and collect their water from a spring that’s existing on site as well as from rain water captured on the turf-made roofs of their houses.

The Lammas will live a low impact lifestyle and intend to be 75% self sustainable. A major factor in this is their use of renewable energy from a water turbine system. The families are also going to depend on bio gas captured from organic waste and compost toilets and wormeries. Their low-impact life style is furthermore supported by the way they use transport; the Lammas will create fuel from coppiced willow and elephant grass grown in their mini village.

“We plan to be largely self-sufficient, growing most of our food. We will keep cows, geese, chickens, ducks and bees,” the village’s co-founder Paul Wimbush was quoted as saying in a Welsh newspaper. He added that the community members intend to supplement their income by working one day a week. The community’s plans are outlined on their website, ’so that people can see what we are talking about,’ Wimbush told

The community will largely be dependent on income from the production of flax-made linen shawls, the sale of compost worms, fruits and vegetables marketed in the community itself and in local shops.

The Lammas are the first community that has obtained official approval from UK local authorities. So far, only two local authorities have legislation in place that allows for similar projects. The Lammas did not achieve their goal without a struggle because their first plans were rejected due to lack of detail. The local authorities involved were skeptical about some of the building materials the Lammas were planning to use. It took the families five months to draw up the plans that received approval.


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