Charlotte Church’s “plans to build an eco-retreat suffered a setback on the part of highway officials”


Charlotte Church’s ‘dream of building an eco-friendly retreat in her £ 1.5million mansion faces a setback from road authorities’ – after she ‘spent her savings’ on the project

  • The singer, 35, faces a battle with highway officials, who warn her plans could wreak havoc on quiet country roads
  • A decision on the renovations will be submitted to the local authority’s planning committee in late January, with a statement sent on Charlotte’s behalf stating that she has “ambitions for the site to be carbon neutral”
  • Earlier this year, Charlotte revealed that she plans to convert the £ 1.5million mansion in Elan Valley into a wellness retreat, offering activities such as yoga, hiking and water swimming cold.
  • Charlotte will document the process on her new TV show, Charlotte’s Dream Build, which begins January 11, with the show helping to raise funds for the property.

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Charlotte Church was reportedly hit by a setback in her dream of building an ecological wellness retreat in Wales, after warning she had invested her savings in the project.

According to The temperature, the singer faces a battle with highway officials, who warn her plans could wreak havoc on quiet country roads, after planning to convert Rhydoldog House.

Charlotte had already spent £ 1.5million on the purchase of the 16th-century mansion in Elan Valley in hopes that she could turn it into a chic retreat, offering activities such as yoga, hiking and hiking. swimming in cold water.

Snag: Charlotte Church was reportedly hit by a setback in her dream of building an eco-wellness retreat in Wales, after warning she had invested her savings in the project

Her costs to renovate the property, where designer Laura Ashley previously lived, have reportedly swelled to £ 1.2million.

Now Charlotte faces objections from the Powys County Council Highway Department, which has warned that there is an “unacceptable risk” to drivers on the narrow track leading to the 47-acre estate.

A report submitted to the planning department would have said that “the actual movements of vehicles generated by this proposal would be considerably higher than the 22 per day quoted. [by the plans]’.

At odds: The singer faces a battle with highway officials, who warn her plans could cause chaos on quiet country roads, after planning to convert Rhydoldog House

At odds: The singer faces a battle with highway officials, who warn her plans could cause chaos on quiet country roads, after planning to convert Rhydoldog House

Concerns have also been expressed by environmental agency Natural Resources Wales, which fears that bass breeding grounds and the nearby River Wye may be damaged.

A decision on the renovations will be submitted to the local authority’s planning committee in late January, with a statement sent on Charlotte’s behalf stating that she has “ambitions for the site to be carbon neutral.”

MailOnline has reached out to representatives from Charlotte Church and Powys County Council for comment.

Charlotte will document the process on her new TV show, Charlotte’s Dream Build, which premieres January 11, with the show helping to raise funds for the property.

Rhydoldog Houses has seven bedrooms with stunning views over the surrounding countryside, and also has a 200 year old barn which will be converted into guest houses, as well as a large meeting room.

Expensive: Its costs to renovate the property, where designer Laura Ashley previously lived, reportedly swelled to £ 1.2million

Expensive: Its costs to renovate the property, where designer Laura Ashley previously lived, reportedly swelled to £ 1.2million

Charlotte previously confessed that she had ‘spent her savings’ on the project and that her parents had also given her £ 300,000 for the renovations.

In June, Charlotte revealed that applications were open to share her dream of a “non-hierarchical participatory democracy system” at home, which dates back to the 15th century.

Its goal is to build a “zero emission, off-grid” healing retreat center with spiritual healing practices such as sound ceremony and forest baths.

She said: “There are 47 acres of magical wonders in central Wales. We’re going to be building a little democratic community here for next year basically.

“We will be focusing on different wellness practices such as meditation and reconnecting with nature. Probably do some singing at dawn.

“Submit an application if you are interested in living in a community, doing things a little differently, and reconnecting with yourself, with the community and with nature. “

Lavish: Charlotte has already spent £ 1.5million on the purchase of the 16th-century mansion in Elan Valley in hopes she can turn it into a chic retreat

Lavish: Charlotte has already spent £ 1.5million on the purchase of the 16th-century mansion in Elan Valley in hopes she can turn it into a chic retreat

Charlotte has reportedly spent £ 1.5million on the estate which has seven bedrooms and a 200-year-old barn that will be converted into a large hall for gatherings and events.

The house currently derives 80 percent of its energy from an on-site hydro mill and there are plans to install solar panels to offset the remaining 20 percent.

Charlotte expects work to convert the property into a retreat to take 12 months – and aims to complete it around June 2022.

She said: “You will need to tell us about your skills, experience, values ​​and why you want to be a part of this project. No skills are worthless, so please state all skills when you apply. for a position. ‘

Lots of money: she previously confessed that she had

Lots of money: She previously confessed that she had ‘spent her savings’ on the project and also received £ 300,000 from her parents for renovations

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