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'Country house' clause victory for Robert Adam-designed home

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Robert Adam has successfully relied on the ‘country house’ clause to win permission for this 877m² classically styled home in rural Warwickshire

His practice ADAM Architecture convinced Rugby Borough Council that the proposed stone and stucco building, sat in a disused railway embankment, was ‘of exceptional quality or innovative design’ as set out in NPPF paragraph 55 of the planning legislation.

Formerly known as PPS7 or the Gummer Law, the paragraph is a rarely used planning law exemption allowing - ‘in special circumstances’ - new-build homes in the countryside.

According to Adam Architecture, which worked with landscape architects Colvin & Moggridge on the proposals, ‘the remarkable placement of the house in the middle of a disused railway embankment clinched both endorsement by the Midlands design review panel, MADE, and approval by the planning committee.’

The practice said the scheme also made ‘a substantial commitment to enhance the biodiversity of the site through the creation of new woodland and hedgerows, native wildflower meadows, ponds, ditches and an orchard’.

Robert Adam, director at ADAM Architecture said the scheme would reinvigorate a ‘left-over and forgotten piece of industrial heritage’ with the ‘addition of a striking house.’

Mark Darwent, director at Colvin and Moggridge added: ‘This innovative placement of the house has maximised the potential of the landscape on a site bisected by the disused railway.  The house nestles comfortably in the wooded embankment enjoying fine open views to both north and south, and uniquely from the first floor rooms, a long, linear view east and west along the old railway-line.’

Robert Adam's NPPF para 55 house in Warwickshire

Robert Adam’s NPPF para 55 house in Warwickshire


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