Architect, 66, appalled by 'horrible' homes plans builds some herself next door

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An architect and self-confessed 'nimby' appalled by plans for 'horrible' homes next door has bought the land herself for £200,000 before designing and building affordable eco-homes.

Fran Bradshaw, 66, was 'horrified' when she saw the plans by developers to build two new homes next to hers in Hickling, Norfolk - so she took matters into her own hands.

Ms Bradshaw, an architect for over 30 years, wanted to design houses which enhanced the village and helped the environment - so decided to match their price for the plot. 

And then she built two flatpack eco-houses built with pieces like a jigsaw puzzle and insulated with old newspaper and sheep's wool. 

The houses, due to be finished in 2020, are being offered for sale for £310,000 each off-plan and unfinished - or £350,000 completed - and Ms Bradshaw said today: 'These really are the houses everyone should be building'.

Describing the old plans she added: 'It made me so angry because I hate designs like those. I believe houses should be built for the people living in them, not the developer's pockets'. 

Fran Bradshaw and Georg Herrmann on the building site next to their home in Hickling, Norfolk, after buying the land next door for £200,000 to stop an eyesore development

Fran Bradshaw and Georg Herrmann on the building site next to their home in Hickling, Norfolk, after buying the land next door for £200,000 to stop an eyesore development

Ms Bradshaw, an architect of more than 30 years, scrapped the old plans (pictured)

Ms Bradshaw, an architect of more than 30 years, scrapped the plans an instead has gone for a pair of eco-homes (pictured)

Ms Bradshaw, an architect of more than 30 years, scrapped the plans an instead has gone for a pair of eco-homes

The plans for land next to the home Fran shares with George upset them and their neighbours

The plans for land next to the home Fran shares with George upset them and their neighbours

The couple are using the  Passivhaus design, which is built with numbered pieces and insulated with natural materials

The couple are using the  Passivhaus design, which is built with numbered pieces and insulated with natural materials

The architect, being branded Britain's ultimate nimby, said: 'A developer had expressed interest to build two houses and put in a planning application for two homes on the plot next door.

'Our neighbour, which was formerly a car garage, approached us and asked if we wanted to purchase the plot ourselves instead.

'The plans from the developers were, in my opinion, horrible. It was price maximising and I was cross about it. They were badly designed, didn't fit on the site, and were designed only to increase the site value. 

'I wanted to build homes that were more eco-friendly and less obtrusive to the village look and aesthetic.

'I thought 'was that really what people wanted?' So I matched the offer to buy the plot and have designed two semi-detached houses.

'The village have been very supportive and encouraging of us building the new homes.'

The houses, due to be finished in 2020, are being offered for sale for £310,000 each off-plan and unfinished - or £350,000 completed

The houses, due to be finished in 2020, are being offered for sale for £310,000 each off-plan and unfinished - or £350,000 completed

Ms Bradshaw decided she would build two super-efficient 'Passivhaus' homes (pictured in her plans), which are known for their energy efficiency and reducing the building's carbon efficiency

Ms Bradshaw decided she would build two super-efficient 'Passivhaus' homes (pictured in her plans), which are known for their energy efficiency and reducing the

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