Mickle Mere is an area of wetland and grazing marsh managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust, close to Pakenham and Ixworth and defined by the River Blackbourn running nearby. Hides are located throughout the wetlands helping visitors to experience the important role of this unique habitat for waders and wildfowl. The grazing marsh also provides good hunting grounds for Barn Owls with a number of boxes already provided by the Suffolk Community Barn Owl Project.
The driving concepts for this proposal are based around creating a profound and unique piece of architecture which takes influence from its immediate wetland context. The proposal seeks to create something highly personal and sensitive, using paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework as the yardstick and bellwether with which to define the worthiness of the scheme.