Para 55 (Now Para 79) ‘Scores on the Clause’

Earlier this year we conducted a national survey into Paragraph 55 (now Para 79) schemes – a clause of the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) relating to building new isolated homes in the open countryside.

Studio Bark undertake a number of projects seeking approval through ‘Para 79’. These projects give us an opportunity to do some of our most creative and innovative work, and it’s always fantastic working with clients to deliver their dream homes.

One thing we have been acutely aware of when discussing our own projects with local authorities, is the lack of data available about the number of successful Paragraph 55 (now Paragraph 79) applications for any given Local Planning Authority (LPA). What are the positive characteristics of projects that have been successful, and what the reasons given for refusal? In light of the very limited information that had been made public, we contacted all the LPAs in the country (327 in total) to gather what, we hope, will prove to be a a very valuable source of data for clients and other architects.

The AJ’s article covers some of our key findings , balanced with the experiences of some other great practices working in the field (no pun intended). We’re thrilled to see Periscope House and Orchard House included.

The article can be read here or in the latest printed issue. If you are interested in finding out more about the policy our full findings and interactive map are on the paragraph 79 section of our website. We will be keeping the map updated as we receive more information.

If you know of any projects that aren’t included, or would like your scheme added to the map please get in touch by emailing info@studiobark.co.uk

Periscope House designed by Studio Bark Architects
Paragraph 79 home by Studio Bark
Paragraph 80 - low carbon home by Studio Bark
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