Cliff Top House

Located 70m from the edge of the country, adjacent to arguably the most iconic defining characteristic of the British Isles, 'The White Cliffs of Dover', this stunning new dwelling was allowed at Appeal in July 2017.

The Para 55 site is within the Kent Downs AONB, Heritage Coast and is immediately adjacent to the Saxon Shore Way SSSI.

The principal strategy was to stitch the site and building into the calcareous grasslands and chalky cliff tops. The curved building provides south facing amenity space and allows seascape views out to both the east and west. Along the inside of the internal curve facade, an integrated ‘Solar Wall’ will feed warm air into the MVHR system, thus reducing the heating requirements of the house.

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Planning Approval

The planning application for this unique project was granted by Dover DC at appeal in 2017, under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Paragraph 55. This policy has now been superseded by the current National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Paragraph 79, which sets out the Government's policy requirements for rural development in the open countryside.

Project Details

2017 Dover DC

Designated Area  

Project Type  
Para 55 - New Build

Internal Floorspace