(c) Hawkes Architecture

Paragraph 80 Dwelling

26 April 2022

The Ridge planning team is delighted to have obtained planning permission for a paragraph 80e dwelling on behalf of private clients at West Efford, Linhay, Devon.

The approved development incorporates the demolition of the existing barns and replacement with a Paragraph 80e dwelling and associated landscape enhancements. These include the construction of a single storey service wing, which utilises an innovative new cob construction method developed by Plymouth University (CobBauge), and a green roof to tie it intrinsically to the rural setting. The main two storey wing is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Devonshire Linhay. It combines local materials and traditional cruck frame construction with contemporary detailing, resulting in a proposal which is sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area.

The Ridge planning team has been working on the project since 2019 when an initial a planning appraisal of the site was undertaken. Since then, the team undertook pre-application meetings with Mid-Devon Council along with additional meetings with the South West Design Review Panel. The proposed building is the result of close collaboration between Ridge, architects (Hawkes Architecture), landscape architects (Davis Landscape Architects), Mid-Devon LPA and specialist consultants, including the South West Design Review Panel. The rigorousness of the design process employed is a result of an unparalleled level of experience working on more than 30 PPS7, Paragraph 55, Paragraph 79 and Paragraph 80 projects. The thorough research and analysis of local rural vernacular, landscape and settlement pattern, and history have informed a building which is both sensitive to the defining characteristics of the area and exemplar of how contemporary architecture can learn and take inspiration from traditional vernacular building typologies, local building materials and techniques. This reflects the highest standards in design in architecture and would help to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas; a requirement of the National Planning Policy Guidance para 80.

The rigorous pre-application preparation undertaken by Ridge meant that the application was determined very quickly once submitted. Ridge are now working with the client to discharge conditions.