National Park Dwelling

DHA planning secured full planning permission for a new dwelling on a greenfield plot on land adjacent to the village of Ditchling, West Sussex, located within the South Downs National Park.

Key facts
  • Greenfield site
  • New dwelling within the South Downs National Park
  • Pre-application consultation
  • Collaboration with the Local Planning Authority during the design process

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Recognising the landscape sensitivity of the site, pre-application consultation was entered into with the Local Planning Authority (LPA). Collaboration with the LPA during the design process resulted in a modern, bespoke design to minimise building height and introduce a green roof, softening long-range visual impact of views of the elevated site within the Park.

The application site was an anomaly as, although it fell within the village boundary, it was a greenfield plot which formed part of a wider paddock. The proposed dwelling replaced an existing dilapidated and disused former agricultural building, incorporating comprehensive landscaping to maintain and preserve biodiversity and provide screening.

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