House design endorsed as outstanding and innovative

A Warwickshire council's view that the design of a proposed rural dwelling would not be innovative or outstanding has been overruled by an inspector.

The house would comprise a series of flat-roofed mirror glass pavilions arranged in a loose semi-circle connected by short link elements clad in opaque glass. The structures were designed to appear to float above the ground and below canopies of trees. In the inspector’s opinion, this unique arrangement was consistent with the character of the settlement in which the site lay, which showed a sequence of house designs reflecting the period of their construction.

Paragraph 131 of the NPPF, he noted, does not require design to be "truly" outstanding or innovative, as suggested by the council. In any event, he added, a design review panel had agreed that the proposal was of outstanding architectural quality and would enhance its setting. As the appeal site lay within a village, albeit one at the lowest end of the settlement hierarchy, he also rejected the council’s claim that the dwelling would be isolated. He attached great weight to the innovative design in concluding that the local environment would be enhanced by its construction.

Inspector: Brendan Lyons; Written representations

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