Prince of Wales wins fight to keep underground heating facility
Prince Charles has been awarded the right to retain an environmentally friendly heating system at the historic building, Dumfries House.
The green heating facility will be employed to power a health centre practicing holistic medicine, but was constructed without the appropriate planning permission. The geothermal heating system is located one metre beneath the earth and utilises ground heat. Planning officers have now granted official approval stating:
“It will have no visual impact on the landscape.”
The subterranean facility will provide energy to the cutting-edge clinic that will offer free care to NHS referrals. The new centre has been developed within the grounds of the stately home based in Ayrshire. Dumfries House was saved by a consortium of charities led by the Prince of Wales, who contributed £20m himself to the initiative in 2007. Along with complementary therapies, the clinic will also offer both education and fitness schemes.
The plans submitted by Prince Charles show the centre will feature many green-minded features, including energy-saving solution such as underfloor heating that is inexpensive to run. The bespoke design makes the most of moderate temperatures, boosting efficiency levels and reducing the operational costs for Dumfries House.
Well-known for his environmentally conscious stance, at least half of the Prince’s domestic and office energy use is supplied by renewable sources, including woodchip boilers and solar panels installed last year on Clarence House’s roof. The Prince also uses luxury electric cars, Jaguar I-Paces when performing official duties in London.