Sustainable straw bale replacement dwelling in Green Belt


Located in open countryside our clients had previously obtained permission for a barn conversion to create a single dwelling. The modern agricultural building had little or no architectural interest but was located close to an existing earth bank and retaining wall which created water ingress issues for the property.

Plande successfully negotiated planning permission to create a new dwelling on a different part of the site even though it was contrary to the local policies as this was tantamount to the construction of a new dwelling in open countryside and Green Belt which is generally unacceptable to local planning authorities.

Our clients sought a straw bale constructed dwelling which introduced a different design and external appearance, not only to the local character of the area but the existing building. The proposed building, while not materially larger than the existing barn, had a completely different configuration.