High Easter resident hopes plan for community observatory will play starring role in his village

PUBLISHED: 18:10 22 August 2014


One man has set his sights on the stars as he seeks to get permission to build an astronomical observatory in High Easter.

Adam Lang, 31, who lives in the village, hopes to set up an astronomy society if his proposal is accepted by Uttlesford District Council’s ­planning committee.

He has submitted an application to build a three-bedroom detached house, on two levels, with a garage plus a community-use astronomical observatory.

The observatory will be in a field to provide an unobstructed line of sight to the night sky. It will be 2.7m in diameter and just under 6m in area – allowing four to five people in at one time.

Mr Lang said the dome observatory, which could cost up to £5,000 to build, would improve facilities for the community.

He added: “The idea just came from my interest in astronomy. The trouble I have at the moment is it takes quite a long time to set up my equipment. With the observatory I would be able to leave it set up.”

Mr Lang, who works in the public sector, has been drumming up support about his plan online.

He has received a great response from people with similar interests in Essex and he hopes in the future programmes such as BBC Star Gazing Live could film from his site.

His interest in astronomy started around five years ago when he was given his first telescope.

“People in Essex do travel to places where they can get the best view and I think the position for my observatory is a good spot,” Mr Lang said.

The proposal, if given the thumbs up, would also solve his issue of not being able to afford a home in the area.

“I live with my parents at the moment because I have not been able to afford to buy around here,” he added. “It is very expensive but I love the area and want to stay.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dunmow Broadcast visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Dunmow Broadcast staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Dunmow Broadcast account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 22:38

Great Dunmow Round Table is celebrating after estimating its members have helped raise almost £2,000 for charity.

With the end of September fast-approaching, the community news section is back.

Tue, 17:05

It was laughter in the rain and princesses in plastic ponchos as the rain ran from dismal drizzle to torrential torrents.

Tue, 12:07

Police are appealing for information following a serious crash in Great Notley.

Digital Edition

Read the Dunmow Broadcast e-edition E-edition

Most read stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter