Planning Approval granted for “innovative design” of Self Build Home, contrary to Planning Officers recommendation, following another consultants previous attempts.
Following two unsuccessful attempts, by a local Architect, to obtain planning approval, the client approached us to design a carbon neutral home for their family.
The site was located outside of any settlement boundary, in open countryside, and as such was contrary to local planning policies. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) makes an exception in special circumstances where designs are “truly outstanding or innovative, helping to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas; reflect the highest standards in architecture; significantly enhance its immediate setting; and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area”.
Our intention was to create a contemporary and innovative building that took inspiration from the area rather than copy direct historical references or create a pastiche of earlier architectural forms. The proposed materials, lime based renders, green roofs and timber cladding along with local flint, are all vernacular materials however the approach and composition as whole is intended to be contemporary.
By applying this approach we believe the building will sit within its context whilst also achieving a modern, contemporary approach to a new dwelling, the design of which had been criticised in previous applications.
Ultimately following a robust, detailed planning application package including a planning statement justifying the issues, the Planning Committee voted and approved the application, at our first attempt, even though the Planning Department has recommended planning refusal. In approving the planning application, the Committee stated: “It is considered that the proposal would also achieve a high standard of sustainable construction and innovative design” and “Although of contemporary design, the proposed dwelling makes reference to local architectural traditions.“
Please click here for an article in the local press, following planning approval.