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
Planning Permission granted June 2017.