Paragraph 55 Dwelling, Long Sutton

27 June, 2018


Town Planning

We have designed and obtained planning permission for a 11,500 sq ft ‘Paragraph 55’ dwelling in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) does not allow new isolated homes to be built in the countryside unless there are special circumstances. One such circumstance is the design of a dwelling that is ‘truly outstanding or innovative’ and, one that should ‘reflect the highest standards of architecture’.

A recent article in the Architects’ Journal revealed that, of the 113 recorded planning applications for Paragraph 55 homes in the past 6 years, only 66 where approved. We are therefore delighted that our scheme has won approval.

The new zero-carbon dwelling is designed to appear as a sculptural object set within the flat fenland landscape and will be built from Lincolnshire Limestone.

We have used a familiar architectural language of gables and pitched-roofs but adjusted these to form dramatic interior spaces. For example, the main living area is triple-height and can be viewed from a gallery landing on the first floor; both will have expansive views over the south facing garden.

Innovative Cross Laminated Timber panels (CLT) are proposed for both the roof and the walls of the first floor. Some of these panels will be exposed internally, will require no further finishing and will reveal the method of construction inside the dwelling.

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