Your chance to own holiday home hidden in former underground reservoir
A REVOLUTIONARY new holiday home could become part of the appeal of a sleepy East Yorkshire village.
Planning permission has been granted by East Riding Council for the conversion of a former underground reservoir to a zero-carbon holiday let in Walkington.
The proposed development, which has been designed by David Ettridge, owner of Ettridge Architecture, in Hessle, is thought to be one of the first of its kind in the area.
Mr Ettridge said: "We do all sorts of out of the ordinary designs and anything ecological or quirky is always of interest to us.
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"This development took a while to get through planning but one of the characteristics of this project is that it will not be able to be seen from the roadside because it is underground.
"There have been a couple of design implications we have had to consider but nothing major. The obvious one is ensuring that it is waterproofed.
"It is not going to be for everybody but when my kids saw it they were amazed, so I hope there will continue to be a lot of interest in it."
The plans for the former underground reservoir have been designed with the help of Cottingham firm Pure Renewables, one of the leading and longest-established renewable energy companies in East Yorkshire.
Oliver Hudson, managing director at Hudson Property in Hessle, is now trying to sell the land.
"As soon as I was asked by David Ettridge to sell this piece of land, I was very excited about it," he said.
"I haven't seen anything like it in this region and I could immediately see a unique opportunity for a forward- thinking investor.
"This would not only provide them with a rare and exciting asset, but also a genuinely attractive investment.
"If I'm honest, I really didn't know what level of interest we would get, so have been thrilled by the number of enquiries we've had since we brought it to market just a few weeks ago.
"I, like many, am excited at and optimistic about the prospect of the Humber region becoming the renewable capital of Europe.
"So, who wouldn't want to build and own a small, studio-style zero-carbon subterranean holiday let in a peaceful rural location just outside Beverley?"
Due to the holiday let being hidden beneath the grass, the land provides natural insulation.
The property will be fuelled by a combined heat and power oil generator to further limit the effects on the environment.
The studio-style self-contained building also has an external terrace and space for off-street parking.
The land has a guide price of £45,000 with the cost of implementing the designs for the house estimated to be between £35,000 and £50,000.