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COTSWOLD DC DECIDES NOT TO GO UNDERGROUND TO HOUSE DISABLED TENANT

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Cotswold DC has rejected a planning application to build the first underground council house, reports The Guardian ...
Cotswold DC has rejected a planning application to build the first underground council house, reports The Guardian (p8).

Tony Jones, chief planning officer at the council, said: 'To me it has overtones of the 1950s policy of sticking all council houses half a mile outside the village and forgetting them - in this case literally sticking social housing underground where we can't see them.'

Designer Stuart Bexon, an expert in underground homes, proposed building a two bedroom home in sloping ground near Northleach at a cost of about£80,000. Residents of the Cotswold town were divided about the idea, with 200 signatures for and 150 against.

The house was designed for Adam Tattersall, a 22-year-old tetraplegic paralysed from the waist down after a diving accident three years ago. He is currently staying at an old people's home.
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