Viewpoint House, Oxborough

Lanpro’s proposals for a new home in west Norfolk on the site of a former peat extraction site provided the opportunity for high quality innovative design.

An existing approval granted under Class Q permitted development rights (change of use agricultural to residential) provided the basis to make the planning case for a larger dwelling in the countryside. This approach, combined with the innovative design response and ecological enhancements, enabled the development to be approved by the local planning authority.

The design concept promotes a light touch approach to the new works on the existing site elevated above the ground also taking in views across the lakes. The re-orientation on the extension also moves the main living space out from the shadow of the neighbouring tree belt to take advantage of passive design principles.

The planning authority found that the development could be approved given that the Class Q approval could be relied upon as a residential ‘fall back’ option and as such the principle of such a use was already established at the site. In addition, it was found that the innovative design approach met the ‘high bar’ criteria as set out in Paragraph 79 of the National Planning Policy Framework (formerly Paragraph 55, NPPF 2012).

An existing approval granted under Class Q permitted development rights (change of use agricultural to residential) provided the basis to make the planning case for a larger dwelling in the countryside. This approach, combined with the innovative design response and ecological enhancements, enabled the development to be approved by the local planning authority.

The design concept promotes a light touch approach to the new works on the existing site elevated above the ground also taking in views across the lakes. The re-orientation on the extension also moves the main living space out from the shadow of the neighbouring tree belt to take advantage of passive design principles.

The planning authority found that the development could be approved given that the Class Q approval could be relied upon as a residential ‘fall back’ option and as such the principle of such a use was already established at the site. In addition, it was found that the innovative design approach met the ‘high bar’ criteria as set out in Paragraph 79 of the National Planning Policy Framework (formerly Paragraph 55, NPPF 2012).

Project: Viewpoint House, Oxborough
Client Name: Private Client
Council Name: Breckland District Council
Disciplines:
Planning + Development
Archaeology + Heritage
Landscape Architecture
Ian Douglass (Head of Planning)
T: 01603 559460
"A unique opportunity to combine ecological benefits and high quality innovative design in one project."
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