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Clive Chapman wins go-ahead for 'country house clause' home in rural Northants

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Clive Chapman Architects has won approval for a ‘country house clause’ home in the grounds of a Grade II*-listed former rectory and preparatory school in Northamptonshire

The proposed 327m2 single-storey Passivhaus behind The Grange, outside the confines of Hellidon village, was approved under Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework – an exemption allowing new-build homes in the open countryside under ‘special circumstances’.

According to the Twickenham-based practice, the scheme, which features a green roof, will ‘preserve the existing kitchen garden walls, and minimises impact in its rural setting by using local materials sympathetic to the surrounding structures’.



Project data

Location Hellidon, Northamptonshire
Type of project A new single-storey Passivhaus in the grounds of a Grade II* Listed house
Gross internal floor area 327m2
Client Private
Architect Clive Chapman Architects
Landscape architect Sacha Barnes
Planning consultant Aragon Land and Planning
Main contractor To be agreed
Funding Private

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