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Will Poulton Gorse be the last of the PPG 7s?

Stanton Williams Architects'scheme for Poulton Gorse House in Gloucestershire is the latest modern country house to win planning approval. With the government in the process of reviewing its countryside guidance, it could also be the last of the PPG 7 houses.

The six-bedroom mansion will be located south of the village of Poulton, near Cirencester in the Cotswolds, on the edge of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The scheme, which won approval from Cotswold District Council last month, comprises a main three-story house with six bedrooms and a tripleheight main hall.The design refers to some of the traditions of past country houses, including the layout at ground level and the use of local materials.

The plans also create a lodge building combining three-bedroom living accommodation with a garage and storage area.Following the country house tradition, the lodge reflects the form, material and detailed elements of the main house.The combined area of the main house and lodge is 2,860m 2.As required by PPG 7, the scheme includes an integrated landscape strategy for the estate's 69ha.The house lies at the intersection of two axes: one runs north to south through the Poulton Gorse woods and positions the main entrance and entrance hall; the other extends from the main hall of the house westward to the lodge buildings and the entrance to the site.The woods provide a backdrop to the house, with a sequence of garden spaces created around it.

To comply with PPG 7, the approval is now subject to ratification by the secretary of state.

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