We hate 'off grid' neighbours who built 'eyesore' home that looks like a scrapyard | The Sun

We hate 'off grid' neighbours who built 'eyesore' home that looks like a scrapyard | The Sun

A GROUP of locals are fuming after their “off-grid” neighbours built an “eyesore” home that looks like a scrapyard.

Furious residents are suing Matthew and Charis Watkinson who built their sustainable home in 2016.

Their immediate neighbours, Ian and Vivienne Ward, who bought the land which provides access to the Watkinson’s Beeview Farm, have gone to court to seek a ban on them using the track.

And another local, Nicky Davies, who lives 100 metres further down the mountain, is suing the eco couple for alleged harassment.

Both cases are due before the courts later this year.

The Watkinsons previously claimed that their neighbours had a "vendetta" against them and that the road was bought "to cut them off".


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But other neighbours told the Sun Online that it's the Watkinsons who are causing the problems.

One couple, Gareth and Anne Hughes, accused them of “upsetting everyone in the village” with their eco-development.

Mr Hughes, 64, said: "People were against them getting planning permission for the home in the first place because it’s an eyesore.

“They’ve plonked a load of old horse boxes and wrecked cars in the middle of an area of natural beauty and historical significance and they call it a sustainable home. They’re taking the Mickey.

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“It looks more like a scrapyard up there than a sustainable house.”

“When he first moved in we raised concerns that his development might lead to more water flooding down the mountain during heavy downpours.

"Every time we saw him since, he’d say stuff like ‘Oh, don’t worry, I haven’t been doing any rain dances for a while.’.

“He styles himself as some kind of eco hero.”

The Watkinsons were able to pursue their eco dreams under the Welsh Government’s One Planet Development Planning Policy – legislation that allows people to build a zero carbon development on green belt land if it provides an affordable and sustainable way for them to live and work.

The house boasts a man-powered washing machine and a gas cooker that runs on horse manure.

Their only expense is council tax and Matthew, Charis and their kids earn money selling eggs from their chickens and ducks.


Mrs Hughes, 66, said: “Under the One Planet laws, they have to make most of the income from what they do on the land, but as far as anyone is aware, their only means of income is selling a few eggs in the local shop every week.

“Now we’ve heard they want to show people around and advise them on how to use the One Planet laws to build their own homes on green belt land – and charge them £50 each for the advice.

“That means we’ll have even more people thundering up and down the mountain in their cars and vans to get there. It’s going to be a constant hippy convoy.”

The Watkinsons meanwhile has launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for them to employ a solicitor and a barrister to defend the cases against them in court.

The couple previously said: "The current owners are trying to turn these ancient rights of way into permissive rights of way so they can deny some residents and visitors access along them.

"This is unacceptable. These routes need to be protected for all current and future generations.

"They've already locked one gate to stop people using an old path to the common land.”

Their GoFundMe appeal says: "Beeview Farm is a 3-acre site in Pembrokeshire, Wales. We were granted planning permission through the Welsh One Planet Development Planning Policy.

"This policy requires us to have an agricultural business, build a zero-carbon dwelling, grow most of our own food, and live with a low ecological footprint.

"Our neighbours bought our access lane and are now threatening to sue us for trespass and harassment to stop us farming and living in this way.

"Due to our low-impact, off-grid lifestyle we do not have the funds to pay for legal defence, and so we humbly ask for any amount you can donate that will go directly towards the legal costs involved in the process."

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They have so far raised £13,200 and exceeded their £10,000 goal.

No one was available for comment at Beeview Farm.

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