In exceptional circumstances, planning is granted for a building on land for which no planning is ever usually granted. Known as a Paragraph 79, it is for a building of extraordinary architectural merit, its conceptual premise so in tune with the land and its use as to be deemed entirely complementary.
Set in ancient parkland, and inspired by the discovery that the land held a medieval deer leap, Deer House is one such building. Built into the leap, a veritable ha-ha, it grows out of the enveloping land, looks beautifully out across the parkland, and is proving so influential as to argue for the reintroduction of deer into the park.
For any architect, it’s a joy to be involved in a Paragraph 79. The challenge is such that the solution requires the very highest standards of design and making, an architecture that helps pave the way for a future determined by the lightest of carbon footprints. In Deer House, which promises to be one of the most efficient new houses in Britain, we have an idea of what that future might look like.