Green light on plans for earth covered home

08 November 2018

Innovative plans for an earth-covered home in the Northamptonshire countryside have been given the green light by Daventry County Council.

Approval was granted to the applicant to create a low-carbon house, which will be partially covered with an intensive green roof to include local wild meadow flowers, with the designs and planning application prepared by South Northants-based architects, the Roger Coy Partnership.

Architect Luke Abbott, a director at the Roger Coy Partnership, took inspiration from the Victorian quarry earth works to form gabion walls where the historic quarry face existed.

The rolling upland Northamptonshire Hills are reflected in the shallow-domed roof which will be covered with local meadow flowers while the form of a tool used by Victorian quarrymen – the pickaxe – will be seen in one of the roofs.

The applicant, who will see their plot of land in Upland Northamptonshire transformed into a low carbon dwelling, has put the land on the market and hopes to see the site developed in the near future.

Roger Coy Partnership has been involved from the start of the process. They have been involved for three years, and their work has been instrumental in achieving approval.

Luke Abbott, director at the Roger Coy Partnership based in Eydon, said this was the business’s first planning application to be approved following changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Paragraph 79.

“Securing planning permission is always a significant achievement because there have often been months, or even years as is the case here, of work involved,” he said.

“We needed to demonstrate to Daventry District Council that our design was truly outstanding and innovative, reflected the highest standards in architecture, would significantly enhance its immediate setting, and be sensitive to the local area.

“We have achieved all these elements because the strong landscape-led architecture really works to enhance the immediate context.

“Approvals for cutting-edge designs such as this are rare, especially given the location. Changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, which restricts the building of homes in rural areas, meant much time and effort needed to be invested in the planning and design stages to meet the requirements.

“This process has been challenging, eye-opening and intensive. But it has also been hugely rewarding – we choose to become architects for projects such as these.”

The site is currently on the market with Michael Graham Estate Agents.