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Gary Neville 'Teletubbies' eco-home plan rubber-stamped

image captionThe house will be partially underground on moorland between Bury and Bolton

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has been given the go ahead to begin work on his eco-friendly "Teletubbies" house.

The 36-year-old spent more than a year battling to win approval for the futuristic four-bedroom property on moorland between Bolton and Bury.

Plans were approved by Bolton Council in March - despite local opposition - but referred to the government.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has decided not to call in the application.

Plans for the partially underground house - labelled a "Teletubbies" home because of its petal-shaped design - were first unveiled in January 2010.

It featured the kitchen in the flower's stigma, with its petals being bedrooms, bathrooms, a garage, a children's play area and a swimming pool.

Mr Neville's application was initially turned down when it went before the planning committee in June 2010, but later re-submitted with the height of its wind turbine lowered.

The planning committee approved the development by 12 votes to nine in March.

Bolton Council confirmed that permission had now been ratified after it was informed the government would not intervene.