The unused land was in a rural setting, meaning local planners actively protect the area from any form of development. There are exceptions though under what is known as ‘Paragraph 79’ of the National Planning Policy Framework. To secure permission for a ‘Paragraph 79 house’ we had to prove it was ‘“truly outstanding or innovative, reflecting the highest standards in architecture, and would help to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas”, as outlined in the policy.
Working closely with the local planning authorities, we designed a concept that was “exceptional and innovative”. The Local Authority and the Council ensured the design met the strict sustainable requirements and after much hard work, we secured permission for our client to go ahead and build their dream home on their family farm. This was the first “Paragraph 79” house approved by Melton Borough Council.