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AR Design Studio wins go-ahead for 'country house' clause home

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Burgeoning country house specialist AR Design Studio has won planning permission for this ’paragraph 55’ home in rural Buckinghamshire 

The Winchester-based practice relied on the clause in the National Planning Policy Framework - an exemption allowing new-build homes in the open countryside under ‘special circumstances’ - to secure the go-ahead for the 160m2 scheme near Olney.

The firm has a growing portfolio of new-build rural homes and is currently working on applications for another three ’paragraph 55’ houses. 

According to the studio, which is collaborating with Eckersley O’Callaghan Engineers and Landscape Architects Ibbotson Studios, the scheme will ’transform an overgrown paddock into a striking lakeside modern home for a couple with a passion for collecting and restoring classic English cars’.

The design features an open-plan living space cantilevered 5.5m above the water and gardens below which uses ’large panoramic windows to brace the structure’.

The house is set to complete in 2017.

Project data

Location Near Olney, Buckinghamshire
Type of project newbuild House
Client Private
Architect AR Design Studio
Landscape architect Ibbotson Studios
Planning consultant Rob Hughes
Structural engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan
Main contractor To be confirmed
Funding Private
Tender date To be confirmed
Start on site date To be confirmed
Completion date 2017
Gross internal floor area 160m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional
Total cost To be confirmed

AR Studio's paragraph 55 house - Ravenstone near Olney, Buckinghamshire

AR Studio’s paragraph 55 house - Ravenstone near Olney, Buckinghamshire



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