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Harry Potter author wins right to build garden towers

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Harry Potter author JK Rowling has won the right to place two Hogwarts-inspired tree houses in her Edinburgh back garden.

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Harry Potter author JK Rowling has won the right to place two Hogwarts-inspired tree houses in her Edinburgh back garden. Telegraph.co.uk explains that plans to erect the 40ft towers didn't go unquestioned. A number of nearby residents in raised objections to Edinburgh City Council, claiming the size of the structures would obstruct the countryside views. Local representative Dr Patricia Eason, secretary of the Cramond and Barnton community council, wrote of the matter in a letter: "Our concern is without this high and substantial screening belt of conifers, the entrance to the conservation area would be marked by this massive and very high tree house development and this would be quite out of character with the area and unacceptable." Ms Rowling's neighbour also shared the same concerns, on the basis of the fact that the properties lie in the middle of a conservation area, however, permission was still granted. Dailymail.co.uk notes that the two structures are to be made out of sustainable timber by the UK's leading tree house architects, who charge around £20,000 for the most basic of designs. The author's extravagant constructions, however, are estimated to have cost Rowling somewhere in the region of £250,000 - many more times that of most contemporary garden buildings. However, Ms Rowling's tree houses are extremely unique. One will feature a trap door and a fireman's pole, offering a quick escape, while the other will have a more traditional spiral staircase exit. Both will be linked by a rope bridge.

Author:

Chris Taylor

30th August 2012