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Farrells wins planning for ‘country house’ clause eco-home

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Farrells has successfully relied on the ‘country house’ clause to win planning for a new eco-house in rural Goudhurst, Kent

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

Farrells’ new five-bedroom home will sit on the site of existing disused farm sheds on the outskirts of the Kent village of Goudhurst.

The low impact home has been sunken into the sloping site to make it appear as one storey.

Farrells partner Gary Young said: ‘This ‘buffer thinking’ approach, first proposed by Farrells in the 1980’s, applies climate awareness and intelligent passive design rather than heavy handed technology. The design of the eco house not only reduces exposure to extreme heat losses, but also gains from wind and sun, creating interiors which are cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

He added: ‘This will be the first home to use low-carbon and zero-cement structural concrete from ground blast furnace slag in floors and retaining walls. Renewable energy will be supplied by biomass and photovoltaic solar panels. Water conservation and harvesting, water treatment with reed beds, locally sourced timber, brick and tiles, recycled earth and local stone in gabion garden walls all contribute to setting new standards for rural house construction’. 

The project is due to start on site later this year.

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