‘Earthship’ music studio gets go ahead

AN ECO-friendly music studio planned for Peterhead’s Blackhills has been given the go ahead.

Tuesday, 13th March 2012, 3:40 pm

Councillors at a Buchan Area Committee meeting last week backed plans for the ‘earthship’ style house to be build at Oldtown of Meikledens, which will be used by an Aberdeen woman for music teaching and recording.

The passive solar house will be build into the ground instead of on top of it using natural and recycled materials, including old tyres filled with earth.

The innovative design will be just the third of its kind in the UK, with ‘earthships’ already in use at Fife and Brighton.

Aberdeenshire Council planning officers had recommended refusal of the application from Mrs Wilson of Dempsey Court in Aberdeen, because the site was out of reach of basic services and public transport.

But Peterhead and Cruden Councillor Stuart Pratt said that he approved of the “futuristic design.”

Councillor Stephen Smith agreed, saying: “We are told to encourage sustainable concepts. From most roads that approach this area, you won’t even notice this building.”

Central Buchan Councillor Albert Howie added: “This is very futuristic. It’s here in the countryside that we get such dark and long winters and I think that anything that lets this amount of daylight in should be supported.”