Eco-house not innovative enough to meet Para 55 of NPPF

An eco-house in open countryside in Worcestershire was refused for being insufficiently innovative in construction or design terms to constitute an exception to national policy restricting isolated new dwellings in the countryside.

The inspector considered the main issue was whether the proposal constituted sustainable development in the open countryside. She held the proposed eco-house at an agricutural smallholding would constitute an isolated dwelling outside of a built-up area and was not put forward for a purpose associated with rural workers and therefore paragraph 55 of the NPPF applied.

Whilst the inspector considered the sustainablility and accessibility credentials of the proposed eco-house were commendable, she felt they were not innovative or exceptional. She also determined that the contemporary design of the house, whilst bespoke and unique, was not truly outstanding or innovative to be considered exceptional under paragraph 55. In conclusion, the inspector held the proposed eco-house did not constitute sustainable development.

Inspector: Alison Partington; Written Representations

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