Permission sought for 'rising flood house' in Lincolnshire
A housing company has applied for planning permission to build an experimental house that could rise on jacks above flood waters.
The design by Lincolnshire-based Larkfleet Homes can lift the property up to about five feet (1.5m) above the ground.
Larkfleet's chief executive Karl Hick said testing of a prototype had been successful.
The firm now wants to build a "live property" at Weston Hills, Spalding.
Mr Hick said the design allows the property to be raised depending on the flood risk.
He said: "Out prototype has worked wonderfully well, and there have been no issues."
"What we want to do now is get a live property with people living in it, and see how it works over a period of time."
If plans are given the go-ahead by South Holland District Council the firm hopes "to have it up and running in the latter part of 2017", he added.
The house that Jack raised
- The house has a modular steel-frame design and can be disassembled and re-erected on another site
- The jacks are capable of lifting the 65 tonne house to the full 1.5 metre height above ground in less than five minutes
- Rooftop solar panels and a battery would provide the house with some continuing electricity supply when raised above the ground and the water and sewage would remain connected through flexible hoses
- It is not envisaged residents would remain in the house during flood events