Site analysis is critical to applications for Paragraph 80 planning
The building of an individual luxury home in the open countryside is rare. Planners invariably throw out such schemes. Occasionally a designer home project comes along that is so truly outstanding and innovative, reflecting the very highest standards in architecture, that an exception is made, Our Shropshire architects have been working on a few of these with great success.
Only a few paragraph 80 houses were granted last year in the whole of the UK.
Our Shropshire architects at Johnson Design Partnership have been progressing and winning approval first time, for paragraph 80 houses in Shropshire and are now moving forward with schemes for significant designer houses in Shropshire, Cheshire and other parts of the UK.
Architect Vic Johnson said that ‘Site analysis is critical to Paragraph 80 house they must relate to the context and be genuinely site-specific, (Vic goes on to say), Essentially such schemes depend on their design provenance they must have a reason and justification for their design and this requires a proper understanding of place and context’.
Paragraph 80 Planning Design by Johnson Design for a Paragraph 80 house in Shropshire
Johnson Design Partnership Ltd has been ‘punching above its weight’ since its inception 23 years ago, but designing Paragraph 80 houses is one of its most notable achievements. It is all the more impressive because our Shropshire architects at Johnson Design Partnership successfully negotiated a very tortuous and challenging planning system to achieve consent for Paragraph 80 planning first time without any need for appeal.
Key to gaining planning approval is The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) review panel. This is made up of some of the country’s most eminent architects who rated the designer home very highly! Their report then went on to support our application for planning with the Shropshire Council.
To be endorsed so highly by your peers is very satisfying and Johnson Design Partnerships Managing Director and Chief Architect Vic Johnson was elated by his team’s achievement.
“I am very proud of the design my Shropshire architects have created. The CABE review panel agreed and rated the Paragraph 80 planning design very highly and obviously, the Shropshire planners agreed with their positive recommendation for approval of our Paragraph 80 houses.
Johnson Design Partnership’s approach was based on a series of independent blocks strung over a brook, deconstructing what we know of a house into a new domestic arrangement facilitating an intense involvement in the landscape,” Vic Johnson explained. “
Along the way, it manages to incorporate a number of super eco features including generating heating and power from the blook that it spans.
Vic said “The client is very design-orientated and the challenge is that the property is far from any utilities but that suits the client who wants to be off the grid’.
Architectural model for Paragraph 80 houses as countryside new builds in Shropshire
Vic said ‘In a way self-builders all want what Paragraph 80 houses offer. After all, wouldn’t everyone want to get their hands on these really cool countryside new builds?’ Who wouldn’t want to feel like they are building a new home in a long line of historical country houses? Would wouldn’t fancy the potentially huge uplift in value that could be brought to a plot of land? Countryside new builds have more to offer than first meets the eye.
Planning can never be guaranteed, however “The rewards of this route are huge. But clients’ needs to bear in mind the design process is so exacting that it is inevitably going to be very time-consuming and probably very expensive too. However, the end result, as in this case, could be truly uplifting.”
An accessible home in open countryside. planning consent for a new house in the open countryside in Telford & Wrekin. A Design Midlands Review Panel has assessed the proposal to be of exceptional quality and of innovative design as per Policy HO10 of the Local Plan. (design by others)*