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Very Pleased to gain planning permission for a new family home created out of several listed buildings in the former kitchen garden of a large stately home.


Maidenhill, in the Gateshead Green Belt has just gained planning permission under NPPF para55. This demands a design that has to:

be truly outstanding or innovative, helping to raise the standards of design more generally in rural areas;
reflect the highest standards in architecture;
significantly enhance its immediate setting; and
be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area.
It also needed to prove ‘very special circumstances’ to overcome the obstacle of inappropriate development in greenbelt.
Maidenhill follows Newton Architects ‘The Paise’, a country house with indoor swimming pool, in the North Pennines AONB. This is built and now monitored as carbon neutral over two years. Maidenhill, a 200sqm house, appears as though the ground has been peeled up, the building inserted and the roof laid back. The landscape dominates. It will perform to Passivhaus fabric standards and, integrated from the start will be one of the developing battery modules for buildings. This stores energy from the PV array for use into the evenings and for an electric car. It thus minimises demand and eliminates peaks, for energy from the grid


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