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‘Paragraph 55’ Projects



‘Paragraph 55’ Projects
You have the perfect plot of land in open countryside and a great idea for a Grand Designs new build. In fact, you can almost see Kevin McCloud praising your stylish home and creativity to the millions watching on Channel 4. All you need now is planning permission.
And there’s the flaw in your dream home scenario because planning permission isn’t usually given for one off developments in the green belt.
But there is hope – the National Planning Policy Framework says permission should only be granted for isolated new builds in these areas if they reuse redundant or disused buildings or are of exceptional and innovative architectural design.
To qualify under these strict rules, designs have to be exceptional. We use our experience in creating contemporary homes coupled with the latest environmental technologies to produce houses of the highest standard. Eco-friendly, efficient and sustainable, they also raise the bar in the design stakes.
At Base Architecture, we have a high success rate at securing planning permission for these ‘Paragraph 55 homes’. To date, we have two completed homes, three are in development and we have two concepts being considered by clients.
To put those figures into perspective, fewer than 100 new homes have been given planning permission in the UK under Paragraph 55 since the framework came into operation.
We work closely with our clients to create an exceptional and innovative design that not only translates your vision into reality but works with constraints of the site to complement the surrounding area.
Essentially we invent a house that’s of such importance architecturally, it just has to built!
Our experience at all stages of the stringent and lengthy Paragraph 55 procedure puts us in a unique position. We can also bring that knowledge and expertise to all your build, no matter how small or large.

So if you’re looking to build a home under Paragraph 55 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire or Cheshire, or just want to work with forward thinking innovative architects to translate your vision for your ideal home or extension, we’d love to chat.

Case study – Former agricultural site gets new lease of life.
This house was built on the site of an eyesore derelict and decaying former agricultural building near Child’s Ercall. It is an outstanding and innovative sustainable family home that carefully and sensitively blends into the existing agricultural landscape.
The design was based around the original form of the existing building, dubbed "The Mushroom Farm". Any replacement property had to accurately reflect both the form and use of the old building whilst being of striking architectural interest.
The Base design used simple geometry around the form of a traditional pitched barn to echo the heritage of the site and used a zinc standing seam roof in-keeping with the agricultural feel.
The house features a glazed break in the centre of the house flooding the interior with natural light. Clever design tricks were used like configuring the eaves lines to maximise views out of the property whilst controlling sun glare into rooms such as bedrooms.
Base also used a projecting roofline on the gable end to create a balcony to the master bedroom whilst again controlling solar gain into the house.
The green credentials of the house include a renewable heating system using a borehole ground source heating pump and photo voltaic panels providing energy. Aluminium doors and windows provide a very efficient triple glazing system home and maximum heat retention and it is insulated to the highest possible standard.
Outside, it was important to get the screening and landscaping right on this former agricultural site for both the householder and neighbours. Screening and landscaping was used to ensure that play equipment and household items such as washing lines did not clutter the open site.
A timber clad screen alongside the highway sat on the footprint of the original farm building, which was broken to allow framed views through the site, again reflecting the original openings within the building.

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