Chinese City Builds Motorway Bridge Around Tiny House After Owner Refuses To Move
This building is known as a 'nail house' because the owner(s) reject compensation from a developer to demolish it.
So, the new view for this little house is... well, two wings of the newly opened Haizhuyong Bridge.
According to Guangdong TV station, the one-storey house contains a 40-square-metre (430-square-foot) flat and is situated in a pit in the middle of the four-lane traffic link. Dark and noisy - just what everyone wants.
MailOnline reports that the owner, known by her surname Liang, said she had not agreed to move because the government had failed to offer her a replacement property in an ideal location.
She also said that she was more than happy to deal with the consequences and did not mind what other people thought of her. Fair enough, own your decisions and all that jazz.
She explained: "You think this environment is poor, but I feel it's quiet, liberating, pleasant and comfortable." Well, OK... maybe that was the case before the bridge was built...
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Government officials said that they earmarked the plot for demolition in 2010 to build the Haizhuyong Bridge. Ten years later, they've got it set up, albeit not entirely how they thought it would be.
Reports suggest that Ms Liang is the only person out of 47 households and seven firms that still has a base there - meaning that everyone else agreed to take the compensation and skedaddle.
According to authorities, Ms Liang was offered many flats as well as cash compensation schemes but she was not to be budged. They added that they will continue communicating with Ms Liang and said engineers have studied the relevant safety issues before constructing the bridge, to make sure it's fine for her to continue living there.
This is China's version of the UK's house in the middle of the M62 motorway - only in this case, the owner wasn't too stubborn to move, despite popular beliefs as to its history.
The real reason Stott Hall Farm is slap-bang in the middle of the motorway was because a geological fault beneath it would have been a massive ballache to sort out.
According to Yorkshire Water, the land on which the house was built contains a 'geological anomaly' which made it 'impossibly steep' for six lanes to be built upon it.
Ken Wild's granddaughter, Kimberley Pollard, spoke to The Huddersfield Daily Examiner some years ago. She said: "The story is my granddad was a stubborn old Yorkshireman who refused to move - but he's actually from Lancashire.
"He was far too subdued for that - and he wouldn't have had a choice in the matter because the farm was rented from Yorkshire Water."
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