The latest Grand Designs took us to East Anglia:
Natasha Cargill wants to build a home shaped like two enormous periscopes in rural Norfolk. But a limited budget and tight planning restrictions start to take their toll. To get planning permission for her build, Natasha Cargill has to ensure not only that the materials used are sustainable, but also agree to measure the amount of diesel used to deliver them. The planning controls are so rigid in fact that even details like the type of portaloos the builders use and the size of her bath have to be monitored. Natasha has just £330k to spend on construction and just six months to complete.
Grand Designs - Channel 4
Grand Designs on demand - Channel 4
Grand Designs' eco home puts planners to the test - Kate Rees - Wales Online
From the architect himself:
New practices: Studio Bark | News | Architects Journal
Meanwhile, Kevin McCloud's 'HAB Housing, which aims to be one of the UK’s most progressive and ambitious alternative housing developers, will move into Temple Studios, close to Temple Meads station' in Bristol:
Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud's HAB Housing to open Bristol office this month | Bristol Post
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