The site is an isolated farmstead located near the head of a localised valley to the south-east of the village of Buckland, located within the Cotswolds AONB. Due to the topography of the site it benefits from significant visual containment. The site includes a 3-bedroom farmhouse constructed in the 1970s, swimming pool, patio and stables.
The planning team at Ridge formulated a robust strategy to address the range of planning constraints. Working with a highly skilled team, including Hawkes Architecture and Davies Landscape Design, Ridge collated and assisted in producing a substantial package of supporting information in support of the application. Matters such as design, ecology, landscape, tree protection, access and construction and energy methodology were addressed. Ridge was able to demonstrate to Tewkesbury Borough Council that, whilst the proposal was technically a replacement dwelling, the development was being submitted as a dwelling of exceptional quality and innovative design, which would satisfy the tests set out at Paragraph 79e of the NPPF; relating to the creation of isolated homes in the countryside. The removal of the agricultural tie on the existing dwelling was also proposed through the application and Ridge provided the justification for its removal.
Ridge led the proposal, employing a meticulous design process that had been informed by the identification of the site constraints from the outset, assessment of the applicant’s brief, and identification of a number of design rules and parameters. The design was informed by opportunities to provide mitigation measures and enhancement to the baseline landscape character and visual amenity. Furthermore, the design ethos of the proposed building had been informed by the 2030 climate change agenda.
The LPA agreed with the case presented by Ridge that the proposal represented a development of exceptional quality. It was concluded by the LPA that the proposed dwelling complied with the tests set out in paragraph 79(e) of the NPPF in that it is truly outstanding, reflecting the highest standards in architecture, and would help raise the standards of design more generally in rural areas. It was also concluded that the proposal would not unduly impact on the landscape character of the AONB, and the proposed landscape enhancement measures would significantly enhance the site’s immediate setting and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area. Furthermore, the LPA accepted the case that it was not considered necessary to retain an agricultural tie on the site.