Hill Barn & Underhill House, Warwickshire
Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Hill Barn was a derelict 300 year old stone structure situated in a prominent and beautiful location at the top of a hill in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Being in AONB open countryside, together with the fact that there was a Housing Moratorium in the area, made the prospect of obtaining planning permission extremely unlikely.
Underhill House is also designed as a Passivhaus – a German standard resulting in a 90% reduction in carbon emissions compared to that of an average home. This project was in fact the first certified Passivhaus in England.
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Planning permission was granted under paragraph 11 of PPS7 (now NPPF para. 55), a policy which gives special dispensation for new houses in open countryside which are considered to be ‘truly outstanding and ground-breaking’ and to reflect ‘the highest standards in contemporary architecture’. Underhill House is one of only 20 properties in the UK ever to be granted permission under this rule.
photos by Samuel Ashfield, courtesy of Dow / Sto
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