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Mclean Quinlan scoops go-ahead for Para 55 country house

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Winchester based McLean Quinlan has won permission for  a ‘country house clause’ house in rural Leicestershire

Harborough District Council officers, under delegated powers, have granted approval for the ‘model farm’ - a new home, detached office, garage and barn on land owned by a goat farming operation in the village of Arnesby. 

The planners said that the development was ‘acceptable and in accordance’ with both national and local planning guidance.

The scheme is the second this year that McLean Quinlan has won under Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework – an exemption allowing new-build homes in the open countryside under ‘special circumstances’.

A statement from McLean Quinlan said: ‘Our approach is to respond to the landscape and requirements of both the farm and family, to create a farmstead that is both of its time and completely at home within the historic landscape, to form a house that we hope will be a part of the future heritage of the area.’

The house is planned to draw all of its yearly energy requirements from the land, through the creation of a ‘contemporary interpretation’ of a traditional water mill.

The practice said: ‘Following the Industrial Revolution such sustainable and self-contained relationships have largely broken down, with farmhouses drawing their materials, energy and other resources from much further afield, whilst agricultural inputs are bought in and crops and produce are sold on the global market.

‘This project seeks to establish a new model for the 21st century, re-establishing a much closer relationship between the farmhouse and the land.’

Arnesby Parish Council objected to the scheme, arguing that the eco-friendly design did not outweigh policy restrictions aimed at limiting new homes in the open countryside.

Mclean Quinlan's propised 'model farm' in Arnesby, rural Leicestershire

Mclean Quinlan’s propised ‘model farm’ in Arnesby, rural Leicestershire

Site plan - Mclean Quinlan’s propised ‘model farm’ in Arnesby, rural Leicestershire


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