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The Cherry Orchard

Mongewell, South Oxfordshire
The Cherry Orchard
The Cherry Orchard
The Cherry Orchard
Client | Private Client
Year | In Progress

The client approached us wanting to create an earth sheltered home on the edge of a small village. They wanted to combine their backgrounds in biology and engineering to create a home that was in harmony with the surrounding environment, having minimal impact on the site while improving its biodiversity. To aide biodiversity the clients have a shared interest in preserving the once populous Cherry Tree Orchards of the Chiltern's. The project is harnessing many innovative technologies to achieve its goal of being self-sufficient.


This site lies within The Chiltern's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its periphery location meant Planning Application would have to meet the criteria of a NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) Paragraph 55. Local planning authorities should avoid new isolated homes in the countryside unless there are special circumstances such as:

  • the exceptional quality or innovative nature of the design of the dwelling

Such a design should:

  • be truly outstanding or innovative, helping to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas

  • Reflect the highest standard of architecture

  • Significantly enhance its immediate setting

  • Be sensitive to defining characteristics of the area

Since Planning Permission was granted 2017 this bespoke house has been progressing onsite.

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