New Country House
A new country house near Rugby in Warwickshire was granted planning permission under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), paragraph 55, the guidance that allows for new dwellings in open countryside as long as they are deemed to be of ‘exceptional quality or innovative design’. The remarkable placement of this house in the middle of a disused railway embankment clinched both endorsement by the Midlands design review panel, MADE, and approval by the planning committee. The design for the 877 sq m house centres on a substantial symmetrical house in stone and stucco with arched wings that connect it to the embankment. It is possible to walk down the line of the old rail track and enter the house at first floor level, to a raised garden on one side or down into a courtyard garden on the other. To the north side, the house is framed by a courtyard of stables and garaging with further equestrian buildings screened with new planting. The proposal includes a commitment to enhance the biodiversity of the site through the creation of new woodland and hedgerows, native wildflower meadows, ponds, ditches and an orchard.