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Paragraph 84 (e) Homes

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the overarching objectives and policies for development in England. This includes the presumption in favour of sustainable development, which looks to ensure the right development is supported in the right places. As such, building new houses is largely targeted towards existing settlements where possible.

Paragraph 84 of the NPPF sets out the circumstances which would allow for the construction of an isolated home in the countryside, one such exception is the construction of a dwelling with an outstanding design. These are sometimes known as 'Grand Design Homes'.

Paragraph 84 (e) requires that the design must be of exceptional quality, stating that it:

  • is truly outstanding, reflecting the highest standards in architecture, and would help to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas; and

  • would significantly enhance its immediate setting, and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area.

The standard for these dwellings is extremely high and, with each new paragraph 84 (e) dwelling which is approved, the standard for being of 'outstanding' design gets higher!

Viable Placemaking's Director, Adam Place, has experience in assisting with planning applications for these homes and has worked together with award winning architects over years to assist people build their dream home.

If you would like to discuss a prospective paragraph 84(e) application, please get in touch with Adam directly at or 07904 321995.


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