NPPF Paragraph 79 Homes

Creating unique, exceptional homes through the NPPF Paragraph 55/ 79 Homes is one of our spcialities as planning consultants.

NPPF Paragraph 79 Homes (previously Para 55 Houses)

Creating unique, exceptional homes through the NPPF Paragraph 55/ 79 Homes is one of our spcialities as planning consultants.

We have been involved with many different types of such houses and a proven abilitiy in managing the process and persuading the Council (including Planning Committees and the Planning Department) as well as recieving a huge amount of positive support from neighbours and Parish Councils.

What are Paragraph 55 (now 79) Homes?

Generally, local and national planning policy require that homes are located in sustainable locations and generally inside of settlement boundaries. There are allowances for new homes outside of a settlement boundary and in rural areas, but are generally more restrictive. Paragraph 79 creates some exceptions and allowances to create new homes in rural areas.

One-off bespoke, self build homes are often difficult to obtain planning permission for in open countryside although we have a wide range of experience of such homes.


What does Paragraph 79 (previously 55) say?

The recent changes to the NPPF have made some subtle changes ot the original paragraph 55 homes wording with the new paragraph 79 stating the following:

  • there is an essential need for a rural worker, including those taking majority control of a farm business, to live permanently at or near their place of work in the countryside;
  • the development would represent the optimal viable use of a heritage asset or would be appropriate enabling development to secure the future of heritage assets;
  • the development would re-use redundant or disused buildings and enhance its immediate setting;
  • the development would involve the subdivision of an existing residential dwelling; or
  • the design is of exceptional quality, in that it:
  • is truly outstanding or innovative, reflecting the highest standards in architecture, and would help to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas; and
  • would significantly enhance its immediate setting, and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area.

Disclaimer: This page provides an introduction only and is not a definitive statement of the law and should therefore not be relied upon. The information above relates to England only. Policies across the rest of the UK may differ. Contact your Local Planning Authority for advice and confirmation before any works are carried out. All images used are for illustrative purposes only. Read the full disclaimer here.

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