Tinkers Bubble in Somerset is, perhaps, one of the most famous eco-settlements in the UK, established in 1994. What happens when a small group of people decide to live on 40 acres of woodland with strictly no use of fossil fuels?
“We believe that the creation of sustainable rural livelihoods is one of the best solutions to our most pressing environmental and social problems…The Ecological Land Co-operative has been set up to buy land that has been, or is at risk of being, intensively managed and lease it to people that have the skills to manage it ecologically and would not otherwise be able to afford do so.”
They have recently got their first planning permissions off the ground (for three affordable smallholdings), and for the benefit of the likes of us, they’ve done a really good job of documenting the nitty gritty details of the process. Read on for more…
We all know food comes with a cost (often in every sense of the word) but did you really know how much was just there for the taking?
“Fergus Drennan is a wild food experimentalist and educator. He runs regular full day total immersion foraging courses for the general public and privately, he has written regularly on wild food and foraging for many national magazines and publications.”
Policy 52 ‘Low Impact Development Making a Positive Contribution’ provides a context for permitting development in the countryside as an exception to normal planning policyother than that which is already possible under Agricultural Workers dwelling policies.