PLANNING NEWS – Rural Solutions’ Para 55 planning success featuring on Channel 4’s Grand Designs – Wednesday 11th October 9pm

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We are very excited to share the news that one of our most prominent Para 55 planning successes is due to be featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs. Wednesday 11th October.

The Spiral Eco-House at Blackdown Hills in Devon, or Fossil Eco-House (by which it is also known) was a particularly challenging permission due to the unique and delightfully imaginative shape of the house. It is designed to imitate a fossil spiral, based upon the many fossils that are found on the land in this part of Devon, The client wanted to develop an architecturally exceptional dwelling in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Something that had never been achieved before under the NPPF; making the approval, when we achieved it, one of the first greenfield AONB Para 55 planning permission in the UK at the time.

Working on an inclusive consultation process, we worked with a design review panel to receive independent support as well as engaging with East Devon District Council and the Blackdown Hills AONB Management Team to agree consent in this designated nature reserve on a prominent hillside location. We liaised and consulted with a variety of stakeholders such as the AONB officer, planning authority and parish council. Carefully project managing the development throughout the planning stages.

The development is now on its way to being completed with the story of the construction to be detailed in the show. We are very excited to see the progress made when the show airs.

If you are interested to find out how to achieve a Para 55 property in a rural location, the best place to start is with how to achieve planning. Without this fundamental stage being achieved, the project will simply not be possible.

A planning consultancy like Rural Solutions who have rural planning experts on hand to simplify this process can make your dream a reality.

We will work in conjunction with you to understand what is possible in your chosen location and help you engage and work with your local council to receive their support while managing to protect and enhance the sensitive rural location. We work closely with various first-class architects and landscape architects with experience in delivering contemporary design and can either make introductions to you or work with existing professionals on the project.

For more details – take a look at our growing portfolio of consents here.

4 Comments

  • “The client wanted to develop an architecturally exceptional dwelling in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Something that had never been achieved before under the NPPF; making the approval, when we achieved it, the first ever greenfield AONB Para 55 planning permission in the UK at the time.
    I don’t believe this is correct.

    Unless this approval was granted before August 2015, we were first to achieve approval on a greenfield site in an AONB.

    • rs_admin says:

      Our Planning Team confirms that the ‘Fossil House’ was consented in November 2014. They are aware that Burrell Mistry have received a hugely impressive consent for ‘Concrete House’ in an AONB (and Green Belt and listed building) setting in Surrey and we would look forward to working with you on other Para 55 projects.

  • Hawkes Architecture obtained consent for a paragraph 55 house within the Metropolitan Green Belt and High Weald AONB on 11th July 2012. The original application was submitted under the PPS 7 / 11 policy but the appeal was allowed under the NPPF paragraph 55 policy. I believe this was the first paragraph 55 house to be granted consent under the NPPF, which had only been published 4 months earlier on 27th March 2012. Goto http://www.hawkesarchitecture.co.uk/view-point for more details about this project.

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