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Groundworks wins planning for 'paragraph 55' country home

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Groundworks Architects has won permission for this three bedroom home in the countryside near Staunton Harold reservoir, Derbyshire

Set within 22 acres of woodland, the new home was granted permission under paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on the basis that the scheme is ‘outstanding and an environmental and design exemplar’.

NPPF paragraph 55 replaced the former ‘contemporary country house’ clause officially known as Clause 11 of Planning Policy Statement 7 (PPS7) and sets out a number of exceptional circumstances where homes can be built in ‘open countryside’.

The proposed house has a cross-shaped plan with the living areas on the ground floor and three bedrooms above. A glazed ‘observatory’ with views across Staunton Harold reservoir is on the third floor.


Designed to surpass Code 6 for sustainable homes and achieve Pasivhaus standard, the house aims to generate 140 per cent of its annual energy needs from onsite micro generation.

Work is scheduled to start on site in spring next year.

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