Introducing our completed Paragraph 84 homes...
If ever a piece of planning policy could be called exciting, Paragraph 84 (previously Paragraph 80) is just that. The exception clause is ideal for forward thinking clients who want to create beautiful and rigorously environmental buildings.
This progressive part of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) demands higher quality architecture in return for building in isolated locations. Whether building a new home on agricultural land, Areas of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) or the green belt. This interesting piece of planning legislation champions more creative and sustainable architecture.
Below is a selection of our Paragraph 84 approvals with insights and links to applications.
As you'll soon see, no Paragraph 84 home is the same!
This paragraph 84 (previously Paragraph 80) house in the Suffolk countryside received planning permission from Suffolk Coastal District Council Planning Authority in February 2016, after spending 11 weeks in planning. Prior to that, Black Barn was reviewed at RIBA Suffolk Design Review Panel; a design-focused ‘judging panel’. Their impartial feedback ultimately supported the proposal, having material consideration in the planning application process.
Black Barn is a rigorously environmental Paragraph 84 family home. The design is a modern yet sensitive interpretation of the black agricultural barn. It is a typology that has scattered the East Anglian countryside for centuries. Black timber cladding of the exterior and exposed structural timbers reference a vernacular language through this contemporary re-imagining.
Black Barn is a floating sculptural form surrounded by wild grass meadow. Consequently its shape is designed to have a minimum impact on its environment and its form is evolved from environmental considerations. This includes solar heat gain, shading and passive ventilation. Therefore, it establishes a dialogue with the seasonal and diurnal rhythms of the site
This paragraph 84 home received planning permission in January 2020 after being granted at appeal. Cliff farm is a Paragraph 84 home designed to house three generations of the client’s family. This proposal aims to create a beautiful home using the resources that surround it.
Understanding the local architectural language has allowed Cliff Farm to propose a credible reinterpretation that reflects the highest quality of design. This approach combined with the sensitivity to the immediate setting will help raise the standard of design in rural areas and become a positive example of how to build a low embodied energy, low impact home on an isolated site of this nature.
This elegant solution for an affordable and environmental family home won permission unanimously at planning committee through Paragraph 55 (now Paragraph 84 of the National Planning Policy Framework).The Paragraph 84 home received planning permission from Broadland DC planning authority in August 2013, after spending 7 weeks in planning.
Periscope House sits on virgin land in rural Norfolk. The two timber clad periscopic balconies frame the beautiful views to the River Tud’s valley. Also acting as fixed passive solar shading proportioned that responds directly to summer and winter sun angles. This ensures that the hot summer sun is blocked, whereas the cooler winter sun enters the thermal envelope with very little obstruction.
This paragraph 84 home received planning permission from Breckland Council planning authority in 2018, after spending 20 weeks in planning.
Billingford is a two bedroom house with open-plan kitchen, living and dining space, sitting on a plot of land within the small village in Breckland, Norfolk. Sited in the north west corner of the plot, the home is arranged around a south facing, 3 sided courtyard offering views across the length of the site and glimpses of the village church beyond.
The home is constructed using Studio Bark’s flat-pack U-Build system. U-Build was chosen in response to the client’s self-build ambitions which allowed them greater involvement with the build process.
This Paragraph 84 home received planning permission from Babergh Mid Suffolk planning authority in February 2018, after spending 9 weeks in planning. Prior to that, Black Barn was reviewed at Suffolk Design Review Panell; a design-focused ‘judging panel’. Their impartial feedback ultimately supported the proposal, having material consideration in the planning application process.
Water Farm is a 5 bedroom off-grid family home. The location of the proposal is on the edge of Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The client had an ambition to create a unique and functional rural home suited to the needs of a young family of 5, with strong historic ties to the site. Taking influence from the traditional farmsteads and the material expression of beautiful old timber-frames. A heavy weight plinth defines the ground floor, contrasted with the striking timber clad roof form.
This paragraph 84 home received planning permission from Warrington BC planning authority in March 2016, after spending 9 weeks in planning. It comprises a two-storey, four bedroom environmental home in the green belt.
Orchard House is a rigorously sustainable home for an environmentally conscious young family. Studio Bark conceived the project through the client’s childhood memories of time spent in the former Orchard. Which is where he was helping his Grandfather drive the Rotavator and his grandmother pick the fruit. 30 years on, the Orchard will now be restored using a considered mix of local species. The restoration will be able to keep its longevity, being secured by this modest contextual house.
This Paragraph 84 home received planning permission from Breckland Council planning authority in March 2016. Pivot House a new super-low energy, low impact family home in the Norfolk countryside. The proposal sits outside any settlement boundary, hence the design met the very challenging criteria of Paragraph 84.
Pivot House‘s concept relates to the random nature of tree growth. This is in consideration of a parabolic arrangement of beams flying from a central spine. It is demarcated by the location of the tree placed in the centre of the courtyard. While providing an innovative timber framed structure, it works with a realistic budget using locally sourced air dried timber.
This Paragraph 84 home received planning permission from Horsham District Council in November 2017 after spending 9 weeks in planning. Grain House is a mutli-generational family home and a truly landscape driven piece of architecture.
The force driving the Grain House is the client’s desire to create a profound and unique piece of architecture in a beautiful setting.