Our HomeHuts project aims to crack a tough nut. Build anywhere, build or pack away in a day or two, keep it affordable by just about anyone, and make it a home aligned by nature being off grid and with natural materials. Small but substantial. Duncan Passmore has been working on the Shepherd’s Hut indigenous shelter with Schumacher College in Devon. It is this scale of space that we want to take through the next round of design and experimentation to make this kind of design modular and easy to move and build.
Natural homes offer us the potential to live more comfortably and in a low carbon way. The biggest barrier to living in a natural home is often inflated land values that make homes unaffordable. Policy changes are needed as well as further experimentation with community land trusts, low carbon development zones and planning covenants.
Communities like Lammas in Wales are pioneering in this area as is the Welsh Assembly who have introduced new policies to support low impact development. Low impact development is recognised by Welsh Planning as key to the transition towards a low carbon society. TAN6 (the one planet development policy) cover all of Wales. It supports building in open countryside where there is clear commitment to sustainable living, natural building techniques, and land-based livelihood.