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Earthship Homes Planning Application Submitted in Brighton

Following on from the work on the Earthship Homes Feasibility study, Biotecture has now finalised plans for a planning application to Brighton and Hove City Council to build on a prime development site overlooking Brighton Marina.

The application has been carefully prepared and consulted on and is for 16, one two and three bedroomed Earthship homes on the seafront site. It will be the first development of its kind in Europe.

The homes are based on the core biotecture principles and are designed to be free of utility bills and ultra low on carbon emissions by heating and cooling themselves, providing their own wind and solar power, harvesting rainwater for domestic use, and containing and treating their own waste.

15,000 tyres would be recycled to construct the homes, at a time when the UK is planning to burn some 40 million tyres each year at great environmental cost.

6 of the homes would be available through a housing association as affordable units. There has been a lot of interest from people already in the know about Earthships and the market research during the feasibility study showed that there is serious interest in buying into a development of this nature.

Plans include the enhancement of habitats on the site for the Lizards that already live there. Like Earthships, depending for their function on using the suns energy for warmth.

A successful development in Brighton could pave the way for dozens of Earthship Homes projects around the UK. It's a very powerful, iconic building concept that has the potential to revolutionise the way we live.

The Earthship planning application follows the successful six month feasibility study funded by the Environment Agency and the Energy Savings Trust.

Biotecture carried out the study in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council and the Chichester Diocese Housing Association as well as architects and surveyors. The partnership found no barriers to small scale residential Earthship colonies in the UK and earmarked the Brighton Marina site as potentially suitable for such a development.

Biotecture's proposals for The Lizard where unveiled at the Ecobuild 2006 sustainable building exhibition in February.

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