Pioneering eco house isn't all it seems

CLLR Alexis Rowell s enthusiasm for the planning permission granted by Camden s Development Control Committee on January 15, for the erection of a house incorporating PassivHaus standards, is all well and good if located in an appropriate location. He has

CLLR Alexis Rowell's enthusiasm for the planning permission granted by Camden's Development Control Committee on January 15, for the erection of a house incorporating PassivHaus standards, is all well and good if located in an appropriate location. He has completely ignored the fact that the site is the rear garden of a 6-bedroomed family house with garage.

All that remains is a small paved patio, no garage, with not a scrap of vegetation. Has it occurred to the self styled 'Camden Eco Champion' that if the permission had not been granted, at least there would be a rather magnificent flowering magnolia and other trees now sadly destroyed?

In spite of the rhetoric by councillors about gardens not being used as building sites and being paved over for parking, yet another ugly precedent has been set.

I do hope that his enthusiasm does not run away so that he and some of his biodiversity colleagues at Camden may be minded to permit building on Fortune Green itself.


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BERNARD HEYMANN

Ranulf Road, NW2

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