Replacement Dwelling in the Green Belt, green belt special circumstances.
Our client came to us with a project brief for a new-build dwelling house on previously developed Green Belt land. Their desires were ambitious: they wanted to include a basement and swimming pool, along with designs for hard and soft landscaping.
Building on Green Belt land is highly restricted, although in this case the fact that the land had been previously developed meant that obtaining planning permission for the replacement of dwelling could be possible. But in order to get the Green Belt planning permission, we would have to provide a design that was of the highest quality and that did not detract from the local landscape.
Our proposal was for a self-build family dwelling house of high-quality design that was sympathetic to the surrounding landscape and conditions of Green Belt development. The aim was to reflect and restore traditional qualities of the English landscape within the site by revitalising the agricultural design and its relationship to the wider setting and capacity for change.
Our concept focused on using materials and energy that can be sustained through conservation and the reuse of locally available materials. This careful attention to special challenges of designing houses on a Green Belt site meant that we ensured compliance with exceptional circumstances set out by National Planning Policy Framework for Green Belt replacement and redevelopment on previously developed Green Belt land, and we successfully gained planning approval.
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