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Another 'country house’ victory as rural Suffolk home approved

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Sanei Hopkins has become the latest practice to successfully rely on the ‘country house’ clause after winning the go-ahead for this new rural home in Suffolk

In recent weeks Hudson Architects, Robert Adam’s practice ADAM Architecture and Burrell Mistry have all taken advantage of paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework - an exemption allowing new-build homes in the countryside under ‘special circumstances’ - to bag permission for houses in the green belt.

Sanei Hopkins’ ‘modest’ family house has been designed for practice founders Amir Sanei and Abigail Hopkins and their five children.

Described as a ‘homestead’, the scheme has been designed to be highly adaptable with the ‘kids bedrooms becoming small studios for each of their future families and the living space becoming the meeting place.’

The practice said: ‘The concept for the house is that the general functions which make up the daily and yearly routine of living, growing, evolving and maturing are broken down into their simplified components and expressed as separate buildings’.

Sanei Hopkins' para 55 house in Suffolk - approved March 2015

Source: Foundation CGI

Sanei Hopkins’ para 55 house in Suffolk - approved March 2015

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