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Yurt-style tent home is approved

Will Renner's yurt
Will Renner said he loved the location and was happy to stay

A Leicestershire student is celebrating after his homemade yurt-style tent was given planning permission.

Will Renner, 31, built the circular home at his parents' farm near Scraptoft four years ago but was told last August he needed official backing.

The yurt - based on a Mongolian nomadic building - is made of duvets, woollen insulation and a parachute, with a bathroom in an old diesel tank.

Now Harborough District Council has said it can remain permanently.

Mr Renner built the structure on a quarter-acre plot at Scraptoft Hill Farm, mostly using materials found around the area.

Desirable location

The roof beams are reused from an old barn and a tractor wheel forms the frame of a central skylight.

A wood burning stove provides the heat and water is warmed by pumping it through a copper pipe wound around the stove's chimney.

Mr Renner said he had been worried he would have to take it all down.

"It would have been really easy for them to say 'You can't have a tent in the middle of a field, that is not allowed'," he said.

"That is what everybody was expecting but I am really appreciative to the planners that they have granted me permission to stay here."

"It is wonderful. It may have only cost £6,000 to build but I am in a million pound location."

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