LCE Architects are currently developing the detailed design for a Carbon Zero house in West Sussex. The house is on target to meet the highest level of performance under the UK’s Code for Sustainable Homes – level 6.
Planning permission for the house was gained in 2009 on a site that was formerly a water pumping station; in terms of planning policy the site was considered to be a Greenfield and not within a developable area. The planning application therefore had to be made under the very onerous PPS7 rural exception policy, under which it is understood, only a dozen or so houses have ever obtained consent in the UK.
The design was considered to be an exemplary and outstanding piece of design by the local Architects Design Panel and passed with a significant majority by the local Planning Committee despite technically being counter to Local Planning Policy.
The architecture creates a sequence of organic spaces and forms brought together by a unifying curved wall. It represents a synthesis of the client’s desires for a naturalistic experience and the demands imposed by the principles of zero carbon emissions.
The innovative design has subsequently been referred to by Mid Sussex Council as an exemplar of new contemporary architecture for new designs in discussions with other developers and sites elsewhere in their area.