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Weston Hills could see two 'elevated, lightweight' houses built on by Bourne-based developer




The future of housing design could be launched in Weston Hills if plans to build two "elevated modular" homes are given the go-ahead.

Bourne-based developer Larkfleet Homes wants to put up what it describes as a "prototype of a pair of lightweight housing units"to be built on an "elevated platform"in a paddock off Austendyke Road.

The chosen site is near to where Larkfleet is building another "experimental" house on top of eight mechanical jacks that can raise the property up to 1.5 metres (nearly 5ft) above the ground.

An artist's impression of plans for two 'elevated modular' houses to be built by Larkfleet Homes in Weston Hills.Photo supplied.
An artist's impression of plans for two 'elevated modular' houses to be built by Larkfleet Homes in Weston Hills.Photo supplied.

South Holland District Council's planning committee will meet tomorrow to decide on Larkfleet's latest plans, three years after permission was given for the experimental home designed to rise in the event of flood warnings.

A statement from Larkfleet about its new homes plan said: "The purpose of this application is to gain time-limited permission to construct a prototype of a pair of elevated modular lightweight housing units capable of being constructed in areas of part time land use, typically car parks.

"The structure is designed to fit in space above eight standard-sized parking spaces, with accommodation within the modular unit designed to be 'open plan'.

An artist's impression of plans by Larkfleet Homes to build two 'elevated modular' houses in Weston Hills.Photo supplied.
An artist's impression of plans by Larkfleet Homes to build two 'elevated modular' houses in Weston Hills.Photo supplied.

"If successful, this system would enable much-needed housing to be built on land in areas that are short of housing and where land is in part time use."

Larkfleet hopes to secure five-year permission for the homes, which would be unoccupied during the period, on the understanding that they would then be dismantled and removed.

Meanwhile, planning committee members are also due to consider plans for an "earth-sheltered" home in Whaplode Drove.

According to a statement from Bourne-based chartered building engineers John Dickie Associates, the single-storey house would be a "rural, live-work property" using insulated concrete form blocks for the walls and roof.

An aerial view of land where an 'earth-sheltered' home could be built in Whaplode Drove.Photo supplied. (24377827)
An aerial view of land where an 'earth-sheltered' home could be built in Whaplode Drove.Photo supplied. (24377827)

The planned home, off Eaugate Road, would be linked to a dog training business so that "increased security" can be provided and to "allow this successful local business to grow and support the local economy", the statement said.


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