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MKA wins planning for PPS7 country house in Kent - images

MKA Architects has won planning permission for this country house to be built into a Kent hillside.

The building, dubbed 'Flow House' was approved by Maidstone Borough Council with a vote of 11-1. The new-build falls under the PPS7 legislation, which allows the building of country houses as long as they are of architectural interest.

MKA's Shane Jell said the law gave him tremendous freedom, as 'being different' was a prerequisite under the law.'We wanted to create something interesting but keeping to traditional country house values,' he said.

The three-part scheme will include a modern gatehouse, which sits in a natural hollow, plus parking and a two-bedroom apartment.

The main element will be a five-bedroom house, with the third part being used as office space and a 'den'.

Jell said: 'The three points will sit around a central courtyard, much like traditional country houses, or village greens.'

Rammed earth - the compressed earth material used successfully in the Eden Project - will be employed to build the scheme, which has almost no corners.

Chestnut from locally grown Kent coppices will be used for the cladding, and ragstone from the site will also be drawn on.

The project is expected to go on site by early 2007, with an approximate completion date of Christmas 2008.

by Richard Vaughan

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