Town and Country Planning

Planning permission obtained for a stunning new Para 55 house near Ewen, Cirencester

11 July 2018 | Ridge News

HPP was delighted to project manage this Para 55 application. The site, which is excluded from any settlement boundary, affects the setting of the nearby Ewen Conservation Area and listed buildings. The site comprises woodland and open area that incorporated an historic quarry.

A collaborative design between Hawkes Architecture and Davis Landscape emphasised the possibility of ‘being at one with nature’ which results in the main bulk of the building being raised up allowing the existing tree canopies to soften the building mass and allowing views through at ground level. Furthermore, the approved scheme incorporates the use of natural materials thereby allowing the building to blend into the surroundings. The architectural design of the house, together with the associated landscape and ecological enhancements incorporated within the approved scheme, are sensitive to the defining characteristics of the site.

The existing woodland has received little management in recent years and consequently has become degraded. While the layout would include a small clearance of trees around the siting of the dwelling, the overall intention is to remove conifer species, enhance the existing woodland with new native broadleaved trees and maintain and reinforce the existing boundary hedgerow. The approved scheme incorporates enhancements to both the landscape and biodiversity on the site together a long term Landscape and Ecological Management Plan.

The Council voted in favour of the scheme, which they considered to be of exceptional quality and innovative in its nature of design, thus meeting the tests of Para 55.

Image Credit: Hawkes Architecture Ltd and Davies Landscape Architects

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