Gary Neville denied planning permission for eco home

Published:  07 July, 2010

Manchester United right-back Gary Neville has been denied planning permission for a property he claims would be zero-carbon.

Manchester United right-back Gary Neville has been denied planning permission for a property he claims would be zero-carbon.

Neville had applied to build the property on green-belt land in Lancashire, but his application was refused after campaigners doubted its environmental value, arguing that the protection of the green belt was of high importance.

The footballer said in his initial claim: "By 2016, all houses will have to move towards being carbon neutral, and I want to inspire other developments."

But Mike Duston from Bolton Council, which processed the application, said: "This is not a carbon-neutral house; the wind turbine is too big and there are access and safety issues at the entrance to the site."

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