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PHOTO: The Teletubbies Tubbytronic Superdrome in Teletubbyland has become a recognisable grassy domes and was created in Warwickshire at Sweet Knowle Farm

  • June Titterton-Fox, 63, has won the case to build a £450,000 home in the rural town of Whitwell, Rutland
  • Villagers called it a ‘Hobbit house’, ‘more like something from Teletubby Land’ that jarrs with the Saxon town
  • It generates excess power to sell back to the grid but had twelve protestors called the ‘Whitwell residents’ 
  • The farmer and councillor who battled breast cancer and two heart surgeries felt ‘intimidated’ by the reaction 
  • Mrs Titterton-Fox has lived in the village for 20 years and said this new build on her field will be her final home 

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A grandmother has got the go-ahead to build a £450,000 ‘Teletubby-style’ eco-home in her village after a bitter two year planning dispute with her neighbours.

June Titterton-Fox, 63, applied for permission to build the three-bedroom home, saying it would be one of the most energy-efficient properties in the UK.

Villagers said the ‘garish Hobbit house’ looked ‘more like something from Teletubby Land’ after the farmer and county-councillor announced her plans in 2020.

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In February last year Rutland County Council planners refused her application for a single storey ‘Field House’ in the village of Whitwell, Lincolnshire.

They said the development was ‘unacceptable’ and would be ‘visually intrusive and impact adversely on the form and character of the area’.

Mrs Titterton-Fox appealed the decision to the Planning Inspectorate who overturned the planning decision on May 6.

Dominic Young, the Planning Inspectorate spokesman, said that the council’s reasons for refusal went against advice outlined in planning guidelines.

He ruled: ‘The state of the art property has been carefully and sensitively designed to the most exacting environmental standards.’

Mrs Titterton-Fox said she was ‘delighted’ the plans have finally been approved following the ‘horrible’ and ‘hostile’ row with her neighbours.

She added: ‘A couple have people have congratulated me but mostly it has been really hostile. I’ve had a lot of negativity on social media, it has been horrible.

‘We appealed once and because of the amount of local objection we pushed for a hearing with the Planning Inspectorate.

The plans that she has submitted for the building had a group of twelve called 'Whitwell Residents' who were concerned it would overlook the Saxon Grade II listed churches and allow others to build similar builds on the rural land

The plans that she has submitted for the building had a group of twelve called ‘Whitwell Residents’ who were concerned it would overlook the Saxon Grade II listed churches and allow others to build similar builds on the rural land

June Titterton-Fox, a farmer and county councillor, has battled breast cancer and had two heart operations and says this will be her final home as she has lived in the village for 20 years

June Titterton-Fox, a farmer and county councillor, has battled breast cancer and had two heart operations and says this will be her final home as she has lived in the village for 20 years

‘You get more of an opportunity to put forward your case and that’s why it took so long. I’m really pleased we got it through.

‘It’s just been going on for so long, I just wanted closure.

‘Whatever the outcome, I just wanted to get on with my life.

‘Our house is far too big for us now so we would have to move.

‘It was all a bit up in the air.

The Teletubbies Tubbytronic Superdrome in Teletubbyland has become a recognisable grassy domes and was created in Warwickshire at Sweet Knowle Farm

The Teletubbies Tubbytronic Superdrome in Teletubbyland has become a recognisable grassy domes and was created in Warwickshire at Sweet Knowle Farm

The plans which June Titterton-Fox has submitted for a modern farmhouse feature wild flowers, a pond and a grassy roof to blend into the landscape

The plans which June Titterton-Fox has submitted for a modern farmhouse feature wild flowers, a pond and a grassy roof to blend into the landscape

The floorplans shows how her three-bed single-storey property interior will look for her and husband Andy, 57 to enjoy together

The floorplans shows how her three-bed single-storey property interior will look for her and husband Andy, 57 to enjoy together

‘We wanted to stay in Rutland and now we have planning permission we know that will now be possible.

‘I’ve been on crutches a few times the past couple of years so I wanted something all on one floor.

‘I’m 64 this year, it will be our last home.

‘I thought it would be lovely to open the window and see my animals out in the field.

‘It’s now getting all the paperwork to start the build.

‘We think it’ more likely to cost £450,000 now after all this time.

‘But it will be really lovely and hopefully we can start building by next spring, I suppose realistically it’ll be 12 months.

‘I just want to get on with the build, it’s all still very raw.

‘I just really want to settle down now.

‘My husband is really pleased about it too.

‘He put it to the back of his mind but is excited about it now.

‘It has taken a long time and we’re just glad we can get on with building our dream home now.’

Mrs Titterton-Fox wanted to downsize from the five-bedroomed house she currently lives in with husband Andy, 57, and to move into a house dug into one of her two fields.

She described her new design as a ’21st Century farmhouse’, but it would have its own water supply, all of its waste dealt with on site, and generate excess power to sell back to the grid.

Around a dozen residents objected to the planning application, claiming the new building would be a ‘blot on the landscape’.

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