Zara Moon of Zara Moon Architects (ZMA) explains the many factors that are involved in gaining planning permission and building on greenbelt land.
Eighty per cent of our projects at ZMA are located on sensitive sites such as greenbelt, open countryside, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or conservation areas. With 12 successful greenbelt planning approvals in the last 12 months, the Cedar House in Whalley is our most recent approval.
Located on a hillside in Whalley, the site is surrounded by open countryside and views across the Ribble Valley. Our design brief was to create a private, contemporary home which blended indoor living with outdoor entertaining areas. Our clients are self-building their forever home and wanted to create a bespoke, architecturally designed dwelling, which maximised natural light, countryside views and incorporated their individual living requirements.
The site is located adjacent to a Grade II Listed property, with a volume and height restriction on the site. The scheme needed The proposal maximises the available volume, whilst providing all of the required accommodation for the clients in a unique architectural design. The dwelling has been built into the existing slope of the site, with accommodation over two floors, both levels benefitting from direct access to the rear garden and entertaining spaces.
Features of the property include a cantilevered first floor level, open plan kitchen, dining and living room, an outdoor kitchen, a covered terrace area, large master bedroom suite with balcony and a green roof. Greenbelt is one of the most restrictive planning policies and planning success is dependent on many factors including the proposed design, current use of the site, site history, existing structures, volume and ground floor footprint, effect on the openness, visibility, character, materials, landscaping, ecology, biodiversity and architectural merit.
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