Inspector lauds Charles Holland’s Kent Downs house

View of Charles Holland Architects' Kent House

Architect wins planning permission for ‘outstanding and innovative’ property in AONB

Charles Holland Architects has won planning for a new house in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty after a planning inspector praised its “outstanding and innovative” design.

The property will be built close to a grade II*-listed manor house near Dover and was approved under so-called “paragraph 79” rules in the National Planning Policy Framework. Also known as the country-house clause, paragraph 79 allows new buildings to be constructed in protected areas of the countryside if their design is exceptional.

Holland’s 170sq m house is described by the architect as a “mannerist inversion” of the proposed building’s 17th-century neighbour, with a front elevation characterised by an exaggerated catslide roof of peg tiles that reaches almost to the ground.

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