Plans for timber homes on 'Britain's greenest housing estate'

Plans for timber homes on 'Britain's greenest housing estate'

February 17, 2021

A taste of the Good Life! Six timber homes on £2million ‘Britain’s greenest housing estate’ will have their own workshops so tenants can quit the rat race and start their own business in the heart of a Pembrokeshire forest

  • Application for ‘Britain’s greenest housing estate’ has been lodged with a council in Pembrokeshire
  • The £2 million project will see six homes, a workshop building and wood processing plant sit in 1,500 acres
  • Social enterprise group Down to Earth said the timber cluster scheme would be the first of its kind in Britain

Six homes in Britain’s greenest housing estate are due to be built in Welsh country woodland – complete with work-from-home huts to offer families a taste of ‘The Good Life’.

The new way of life would offer the chance to quit the rat race and be self-sufficient – just like Tom and Barbara Good in the 1970s TV show.

Families could even start their own allotments and house chickens like the loveable sitcom characters.

Six timber homes will be built as part of the £2million scheme to offer affordable rent in Pantmaenog Forest near Rosebush, Pembrokeshire.

Six homes in Britain’s greenest housing estate are due to be built in Welsh country woodland – complete with work-from-home huts to offer families a taste of ‘The Good Life’

The site, named Coed Preseli, would also have six dedicated workshops in a central for the new businesses, surrounded by the six affordable rent properties

Handy men and women will be able to start their own businesses by living and working in 1,500 acres of stunning countryside.

The site, named Coed Preseli, would also have six dedicated workshops for the new businesses.

It is the brain child of social enterprise group Down to Earth – which promotes ‘meaningful outdoor experiences’.

Mark McKenna, co-founder of Down to Earth, said the timber cluster scheme would be the first of its kind in Britain.

He said: ‘It’s a unique opportunity and is the first in the UK. It includes six houses, six workshops and a large sawmill area.

Pictured: A view of the workshop building at the centre of the site in Pantmaenog Forest near Rosebush, Pembrokeshire

The £2 million project – which still requires planning permission – will see six homes, a workshop building and wood processing plant sit in 1,500 acres

‘We have £2 million lined up to develop the site and have funding to carry out our work in Pembrokeshire.’

The proposal is aimed at enhancing biodiversity and protecting the natural beauty of the Preseli range.

Mr McKenna added: ‘It will support microbusinesses and have a start-up hub. When we put the scheme forward in early December, we had overwhelming support.’

Plans are now being considered by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Planning department.

A decision will be made next month.

Mark McKenna, co-founder of Down to Earth, said the timber cluster scheme would be the first of its kind in Britain

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