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Greta Thunberg helps inspire luxury eco holiday lodge plan

PUBLISHED: 12:47 25 November 2019 | UPDATED: 12:47 25 November 2019

Illustration of one of the planned holiday eco lodges on land at Banham. Picture: Oakstone Country Ltd/Breckland Council

Illustration of one of the planned holiday eco lodges on land at Banham. Picture: Oakstone Country Ltd/Breckland Council

Oakstone Country Ltd/Breckland Council

A couple who want to turn a smallholding into eco-friendly holiday lodges say teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg has helped inspired their plans.

Plans have been submitted for holiday eco lodges on land at Banham. Picture: Oakstone Country Ltd/Breckland CouncilPlans have been submitted for holiday eco lodges on land at Banham. Picture: Oakstone Country Ltd/Breckland Council

Kevin and Alison Whitefield are seeking permission for a change of use for land at Hilltop Cottage, off Heath Road, in Banham allowing them to build six luxury holiday lodges and a large natural swimming pond.

In their submission to Breckland District Council they state they borrowed the sub title of their planning statement, Together We Are Making A Difference, from Swedish 16-year-old Greta Thunberg's speech in London.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at the House of Commons. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA ImagesSwedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at the House of Commons. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Images

"We too believe that humanity is standing at a crossroads," they add. "We decided sometime ago which path we want to take."

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Their plans, called Idyll, would see them build the lodges as holiday lets with green credentials that would include them being "off-grid" for energy, water and waste management.

The planning submission adds: "We could just erect some generic timber lodges but we wanted to do something quite special that would push boundaries. We wanted something to give wellbeing to our guests."

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