WWA Studios secured planning permission for a significant replacement dwelling at Tetsworth Barn where we had previously obtained consent for a conversion under Class Q of the General Permitted Development Order. In terms of a planning strategy we initially weighed up and evaluated whether to try and get consent as a replacement building, or as a para 79 dwelling. The bar for designs to be considered innovative and outstanding under Para 79, is set very high which is a challenge any design team would relish.
Our client who had a long family relationship with the land, were also champions of good design and this enabled a thorough and considered design evolution process. We arrived at a unique and contemporary response to the site addressing it’s rural heritage. Ultimately, we achieved success in achieving planning as a replacement dwelling without the need to evoke para 79 policy explicitly in the application.
For more information about Para 79 policy, the RIBA have published a helpful 3 minute read here.