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Friday 13 July 2012Young people will be able to find out what life was like in the iron age after the Peak District National Park planning committee approved proposals for a replica roundhouse.
The roundhouse is intended to be constructed the way iron age people did it, with a timber frame, clay walls and a heather or wildflower turf roof, drawing on archaeological research by the University of Sheffield.
The application was made by the Nightingale Centre in Great Hucklow, a charity-run holiday, conference and activity centre.
The aim is to create an educational facility in its grounds that can also be used for group discussions and quiet contemplation.
The committee was advised that the location was far enough away from the nearest houses (70 metres) not to have a significant impact on their amenities, and it would look like a garden building, not out of place against a backdrop of trees, hedges and dry stone walls.
Planning committee chairman Cllr Lesley Roberts said: “This is an unusual application but a modest one which will add to the centre’s facilities and help our aim of widening understanding and enjoyment of the area.
“We are, however, granting only temporary planning permission for three years so that we can see how it weathers in and address any problems that may arise in that time.”
It was hoped that this would help address some of the concerns raised by seven objectors and the parish council over intrusion, increased pressure from visitors and inappropriate development.