New Dwelling in Open Countryside, Long Sutton

We designed and obtained planning permission for a 11,500 sq ft dwelling in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire.


The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) seeks to resist new isolated homes 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’. This important objective is retained in the new NPPF where paragraph 55 is replaced by a new paragraph 79. The new dwelling is designed to appear as a sculptural object set within the flat fenland landscape. It 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 garden elevation is largest in scale and more dramatic in order to take advantage of the site’s southerly aspect in terms of passive solar gain, natural daylight and long distance views to open countryside. This in turn creates a dramatic triple-height space over the main living area which can also be viewed from a gallery landing on the first floor.

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 proposal will also be zero-carbon. Photovoltaics will generate electricity and the use of a green roof will improve their efficiency. A ground source heat pump will provide heat and hot water and a heat pump dehumidifier will transfer any residual heat generated from the swimming pool back into the dwelling. The layout of the proposal and the careful positioning and sizing of windows and rooflights will allow the dwelling to take advantage of passive solar gain and to be naturally ventilated.

The project is due to start on site towards the end of 2018.

  • “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 were approved. We are therefore delighted that our scheme has won approval.”