Grain House gets planning approval

East London architects, Studio Bark has won approval for a private house at Thakeham, West Sussex after taking the proposal to the DSE design review panel.

The application was made under Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework which allows new-build homes to be constructed in open countryside under special circumstances. Studio Bark has previously won approval for other one-off country houses in East Anglia.

The Grain House, has been designed to reflect the landscape of the site on the edge of the South Downs National Park, north-east of Chichester.

The 362m² eco-home’s series of monolithic walls take their ‘influence from the historic ox-ploughed ridge-and-furrow field patterns, as well as the undulating ridge and valley land forms that characterise the area’.

Speaking to The Architects Journal, Nick Newman, director at Studio Bark said: ’Paragraph 55 continues to provide our practice with a real proving ground for new ideas and iterative thinking. [This scheme] offered the opportunity to integrate novel processes in an unprecedented manner and we look forward to continuing our research as the project progresses.

’Thanks must go to the members of Design South East review panel, whose early critique helped to put the design through its paces and propelled the team forward to unanimous approval at planning committee.’

Work is expected to start on site this summer and to complete in 2019.