DC Casebook: Housing - New Build - Countryside living pod judged intrusive

A "concept living pod" proposed in the Staffordshire countryside has been refused permission after an inspector concluded that it is not of high enough quality to meet PPS7's requirements.

The dwelling comprised a four-storey building about 16m high including a basement forming a heat reservoir. Materials included a natural stone base with concrete skin, cedar cladding with zinc details and sheet zinc roof cladding. Technologies to minimise resource use included solar panels, heat tubes for water heating, geothermal heat pump systems and water treatment.

The inspector agreed that the design was futuristic and innovative. However, he was concerned that the pod would be strikingly different from buildings associated with the countryside. He considered that it would appear incongruous and was not truly outstanding or groundbreaking.

DCS Number 100-069-106

Inspector Peter Jarratt; Written representations

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