A new house in a Grade II* Listed Historic Park and Garden

Exceptional Planning Approval under Paragraph 55 of the NPPF was received for this new development under special planning policy provisions for new houses in isolated countryside locations. Between its introduction in 2012 and 2018 there have been only 66 approvals nationally and 7 of those were granted on appeal. Our application was well supported throughout.

The planning officer report states it: – has been approved purely on its truly high quality unique design and innovation merits, bold and yet subtle, and as such is a first of its kind for Stockton on Tees; – demonstrates a new and exciting style to building design; – promises to be highly sustainable; – offers enhancement to the historic park and garden; – will introduce a building of considerable visual interest, integrated into a subtly-designed landscape, echoing some of the structural formality of the former gardens but with its own contemporary stamp.

The overall concept has been supported by English Heritage and North East Design Review Panel giving the local authority the confidence to grant approval. It has also been noted that the submitted Design and Access Statement demonstrates the extensive and thorough design process that both the client and design team have gone through to arrive at the proposals. It is the organic design solution that ensures the proposed development responds sensitively to the existing historic fabric whilst integrating with the wider landscape.

elevations and sketches

birds' eye view

early concept sketches