D HOLDINGS AT HONEYBOURNE, DORSINGTON AND SPERNAL
HEART OF ENGLAND FORESTThe Heart of England Forest Project is a partnership between Warwickshirelandowner Felix Dennis, and the Heart of England Forest Ltd, a registered charity.The aim of the partnership is to plant and preserve a large native broadleaf forestin the heart of England.To date, the heart of England Forest project has been responsible for acquiringand planting 1,900 acres of land with native broadleaf saplings.The woodland will seek to encourage woodland crafts, coppice and charcoalproduction, camping, recreation and equestrian pursuits, bird watching, andinclude a green burial and memorial site and educational facilities.
DESIGN BRIEFTo design an individual dwelling to sit within the emerging Heart of EnglandForest, to be of the highest architectural quality, utlilising traditional skills andmaterials available from the estate. Accommodation to include:-1. Living accommodation for the main resident2. Guest accommodation3. Staff accommodation4.Leisure accommodationOverall floor area – circa 20,000sqft
PLANNING POLICYParagraph 11 of “Planning Policy Statement 7: Sustainable Development inRural Areas” states:“Very occasionally the exceptional quality and innovative nature of the design of aproposed, isolated new house may provide this special justification for grantingplanning permission. Such a design should be truly outstanding and ground-breaking, for example, in its use of materials, methods of construction or itscontribution to protecting and enhancing the environment, so helping to raisestandards of design more generally in rural areas. The value of such a building willbe found in its reflection of the highest standards in contemporary architecture, thesignificant enhancement of its immediate setting and its sensitivity to the definingcharacteristics of the local area.”
MADE REVIEW - JULY 2008Proposals were presented to MADE in July 2008. The design proposals andambition of the project were generally well received by the panel. However, anumber of concerns were raised:•Inconsistency between a secluded house and the intent expressed in PPS7 toenhance the immediate setting. “The panel suggest that it might be possible toprovide carefully framed views out to the surroundings through openings in thewoodland.”•Inconsistency between encouraging local skills for the construction of the houseand a roof structure which involves highly advanced technology. Such anadvanced type of roof is unlikely to be constructed by a local workforce.•The practicality of the retractable glazed grid shell roof.•The practicality of inhabiting the different rooms and spaces.•Whether the indoor/outdoor climate of the proposed courtyard area can beproperly managed.
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SOURCING ENERGY CROP FROM THE ESTATE Coppice Willow
MADE REVIEW – SEPTEMBER 2008Design Two proposals were reviewed by MADE in September 2008. The reviewwas very positive, whereby the proposed dwelling was felt to meet the test ofparagraph 11 of PPS7.‘The moving thatched roof is not hidden within the landscape yet meets the PPS7paragraph 11 criteria of enhancing the landscape by it’s approach to elegantcraftsmanship, quality of the design and use of materials within the estate’‘The neutral carbon house was felt to be especially well crafted by the panel asthe energy supply meets the building’s needs in an inconspicuous manner. Therobustness, durability and flexibility of the spaces ensure that this house isdesigned for the long term’