Many thanks to Geraint Jones, Director of Planning at Savills, for providing the below article having recently obtained planning approval for ‘Upbrook House’, a Para 79 (e) (now Para 80 (e) dwelling in Wiltshire. (www.savills.co.uk).
Geraint Jones is a director in the Bristol planning team. Operating as lead consultant, he manages multi-disciplinary teams through the planning process and has a proven track record of delivering complex applications.
The summary below outlines an application assessed against the February 2019 version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
The government has since released an updated NPPF, in July 2021, and the policy change to the tests regarding new homes of exceptional quality in the countryside is considered at the end of this note.
Jennifer and Eddy Shah have lived at their current property, Steinbrook House, for 16 years. During that time Jennifer has become reliant on a wheelchair for her mobility, and the layout and design of the house has created numerous challenges in everyday life.
Despite an extensive search in the local area over several years, they found nothing that truly responded to Jennifer’s needs, and ultimately concluded that it would be necessary to design and build a property to their own specifications.
As they are settled in the local community, with family and friends in the local area and Jennifer’s trusted health care professionals close at hand, they decided to test whether they could build a home within the grounds of Steinbrook House.