Location: Blackwater Estuary, UK Status: Full Planning permission granted Scale: 3-bedroom house
Constraints: AONB, NPPF Paragraph 55 House
Described by a local councillor as ‘the ark’ waiting to be buoyed by rising waters, ‘Sea View’ villa visually floats above the landscape, with panoramic views afforded to its new owners, over the Blackwater Estuary.
The villa has secured full planning permission through its compliance with Paragraph 55 of the UK’s NPPF National Planning Policy Framework which permits residential development of exceptional quality and which looks to provide “Exceptional and innovative houses in open countryside”.
The building design takes its inspiration from coastal references such as fortified boathouses, sea walls and the coastal landscape. The proposal is to rebuild the residential property previously on the site, replacing it with a flood resilient property with the primary living floor elevated to first floor level. Wrapping around this structure at ground level, the garden wall both creates a courtyard garden plus a flood defence to protect from a 1 in 100 year flood event.
An independent Design Review Panel, when appraising the design, stated: ‘There is the potential to create an outstanding house on this site. The concept of a wild landscape surrounding the house with a manicured garden enclosed within the wall is very strong. The flood resilient nature of the design is innovative and could help to raise standards for the design of future homes within this floodplain location.’
We expect that in the future new build and replacement buildings within the estuary, which may be affected by flood issues, will adopt some or all of these strategic measures.