In the fourth extract from my book I visit an off-grid community in Devon which is currently fighting a planning permission battle – on behalf of all of us – for the right to buy some land and build off-grid, low-impact houses.

Land Matters: a question of permission

I contacted the Land Matters commune in Allaleigh, Devon, via an activist group that helps off-gridders and others win planning permission for their living spaces. I spoke to Charlotte, one of the main organisers, who had been living there off and on for three years. There are many eco-communes across Britain, some of them relatively long-standing, like Brith Dir Mawr, Tinker

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