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Architectural rendering of two contemporary semi-detached 3-bedroom homes in Green Belt, Buckinghamshire, designed by Urbanist Architecture. Features include modern design with large windows, ample driveway space, and surrounding greenery, reflecting a blend of local tradition and contemporary aesthetics.
Aerial view of two modern semi-detached houses located in the Green Belt area of Buckinghamshire, designed by Urbanist Architecture. The image highlights the spacious parking area, green surroundings, and contemporary architectural style of the new build homes.
Existing property on-site in the Green Belt area of Buckinghamshire, featuring a single-storey structure with a pitched roof, set in a spacious, fenced plot with mature trees. This building is planned to be replaced as part of a new development designed by Urbanist Architecture.
Proposed replacement building in the Green Belt area of Buckinghamshire, featuring a pair of contemporary semi-detached houses with red brick exteriors, large windows, and a shared driveway with modern landscaping. Designed by Urbanist Architecture to reflect local tradition while incorporating a modern aesthetic.
Aerial view of proposed replacement building in Buckinghamshire's Green Belt, showcasing a pair of contemporary semi-detached houses with red brick exteriors, modern design elements, and a shared cobblestone driveway. Designed by Urbanist Architecture to harmonise with the natural surroundings while providing modern living spaces.
Proposed basement floor plan for a new build house project on White Lion Road HP7. The layout includes a spacious playroom, office, and additional living spaces, designed by Urbanist Architecture. This plan highlights the efficient use of space while maintaining the modern design aesthetics of the semi-detached homes in the Green Belt area.
Proposed ground floor plan for a new build house project on White Lion Road HP7. The layout includes living rooms, kitchens, dining areas, and bathrooms for two contemporary semi-detached homes designed by Urbanist Architecture.
Proposed first floor plan for a new build project on White Lion Road HP7. This floor plan includes bedrooms, bathrooms, and living areas for two contemporary semi-detached homes designed by Urbanist Architecture.

A pair of imaginative contemporary semi-detached (yet not identical) homes in the Green Belt

Location

White Lion Road HP7

Local Authority

Buckinghamshire Council

Plot Type

Green Belt

Project Type

New Build House

Accomplishment

Construction of two 3-bedroom houses on a Green Belt plot

Services by Urbanist Architecture

Project Architect, Planning Consultant, Lead Consultant

Collaborators

Syntegra Consulting

Challenge

Our clients owned a house in the Green Belt with a large outbuilding that has mostly been used as a garage. The garage, they felt, was as big as a house, so why shouldn’t it be a house? And if you could turn the garage into somewhere to live, why not replace it with a house that was more suited to the job? Or even houses?

If they weren’t bigger – or were only slightly bigger – than the garage, then they would have little or no extra effect on “openness”, which is the most important characteristic of the Green Belt as far as the government is concerned.

But although that logic might make sense to you, the opinion that matters is the council’s – could we convince them that a replacement building in the Green Belt was an appropriate development in a protected area? Here is how we obtained planning permission for another Green Belt development.

After

Proposed basement floor plan for a new build house project on White Lion Road HP7. The layout includes a spacious playroom, office, and additional living spaces, designed by Urbanist Architecture. This plan highlights the efficient use of space while maintaining the modern design aesthetics of the semi-detached homes in the Green Belt area.

Solution

It’s easy to imagine that all new Green Belt houses look like something from Channel 4’s Grand Designs. But the Green Belt contains everything from London suburbs to small villages to open countryside. So it also includes a wide variety of types of home.

In this case, it’s a pair of three bedroom houses that reflect the local tradition while having a contemporary feel. Seen from the front, the replacement houses are identical. But the presence of a large tree means that one of the houses can only have a small basement.

For the other, though, we have provided a large basement containing a playroom and an office. This is an example of why an architect should always be flexible in their thinking: it would be very easy to assume that because the exteriors of the two houses needed to look the same, their interiors should match too.

But if we had been that unimaginative, the second house would have been a massive 80 sqm smaller than it now is! Together, the replacement houses are only slightly larger than the old garage but make a significantly more substantial contribution to the area.

Getting planning permission for these two lovely houses in Green Belt hasn’t been easy. But it shows what can be achieved even in protected areas with patience, planning skill and excellent architects.⁣ ⁣

Proposed replacement building in the Green Belt area of Buckinghamshire, featuring a pair of contemporary semi-detached houses with red brick exteriors, large windows, and a shared driveway with modern landscaping. Designed by Urbanist Architecture to reflect local tradition while incorporating a modern aesthetic.

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