According to reports, British artist Damien Hirst will soon be embarking on his biggest project to date - building an entire eco town in the seaside resort of Ilfracombe, North Devon. The news was first picked up by the North Devon Journal, who say that Hirst has been granted permission to build 750 homes on an 187 acre site. 75 of the homes will be "affordable." The town will also include a primary school, shops, medical buildings, sports facilities and some allotments.
As you might expect, many of the Ilfracombe residents are pretty angry about the plans, although the proposal got the unanimous go ahead from the council. Main complaints are that the roads will have a major impact on the area and the jobs being created are unsustainable.
Speaking to The Times, a spokesperson for Hirst said: "He wants these houses to be the kind of homes he would want to live in. He wants these buildings to be landmarks that will stand the test of time and create a blueprint for quality, environmentally sustainable developments across the country."
This won't be the first venture for the artist in the area either. He already owns a studio, a restaurant, and a property in the area and in 2012 a bronze statue of his, called "Verity", was erected near the coast.