by PLOTGATE on APRIL 22, 2014 - 0 Comments in I AM OFF GRID AND I WANT OTHERS TO JOIN ME
Stare into a crystal ball and the future doesn’t look too rosy. We have a stunningly beautiful planet full of natural resources that should be able to sustain all the Earth’s creatures, including us human beings. But humans never really had a plan to manage our planet, we simply grab what we can and push others aside to acquire more than our share of Earth’s resources. The human population has overwhelmed the Earth’s ability to renew itself naturally. As individuals, we can often choose to what extent we engage with this “rat race”, but sometimes there seems to be no choice, no other options, no other path to follow. There is no obvious plan for a “better world” so many humans just keep grabbing and give little consideration to the inevitable outcomes. They dont see any alternatives open to them.
But there are options to follow an alternative path, and many more people worldwide are discovering these other choices. If you have wealth in financial terms, you can buy a chunk of Earth and live your dream individually. Or you can join with others to create a opportunity that takes you down that better path and creates a lifestyle with less damaging impact on the planet, an affordable alternative that aims to give back to the planet rather than just keep grabbing, a plan for a sustainable future. And there are lots of brave groups of individuals building alternatives, including those of us behind this initiative. Its our plan to demonstrate a better way to manage earth’s resources : it is called THE PLOTGATE VENTURE. Its not definitive, its not the only option, its not an easy choice, it won’t suit everyone………. but its our plan.
” Plotgate aims to provide rural homes and livelihoods which are sustainable, affordable, and diminish motor transport through car-sharing and other means” ……thats our mission statement, and this info file aims to outline our vision to you so you can decide if Plotgate might be an option for your future.
The land has been bought at auction, through the disposal of a county farm, a block of approx 24 acres of flat pasture, with established boundary hedging, in rural Somerset. There are no existing buildings on site , but it is on the edge of a village with buildings either side. We are currently preparing an outline planning application.
The aim is to divide the biggest field, 16 acres approx, into 2 smallholdings, and on 2 acres of the smaller field to place 8 self build low-impact live/work dwellings, giving these residents access to the remaining 6 acres of this smaller field to persue land-based activities There will be strict criteria that residents will be required to adhere to, ensuring that the project as a whole is sustainable and has minimal impact on the environment. There will be a low-impact communal building with a multitude of shared facilities, including all amenities that residents require but are easily shared, thus eliminating the need for duplication across the site. All services will be provided off-grid, both in individual dwellings and communally, using a range of renewable energy devices, with energy demand being minimised to enable the whole Plotgate Venture to be self sufficient with no reliance on mains services. The existing mains water connection will be kept but steps taken to supply water demands from on-site facilities.
Live/ Work plots will be individually owned by residents, purchased on long term leases from an Industrial and Provident Society, which will lease the land from the Community Land Trust which owns it. There will be a committee of residents who will manage the Venture for the benefit of all residents, to maintain the stated aims and objectives, ensure the criteria are adhered to, and to find new ways to make the Plotgate Venture a leading example of a viable alternative eco-community that manages the land sustainably.