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Stately home victory spells hope for rural housing

Robert Adam Architects has won a landmark appeal over plans to build a new stately home on virgin Hampshire farmland. Government policy is that no new country houses should be built unless the design is 'of the highest quality' and 'truly exceptional', and Adam's plans for the 1,400m 2house near Winchester were originally rejected by Test Valley Borough Council. But the appeal decision earlier this month gave the scheme the green light and the planning inspector Keith Durrant described ...

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