Hawkes Architecture have been successful in securing applications using the design policy NPPF Paragraph 134 (formerly paragraph 131). Unlike Para 80 (formerly 79), which sets out a planning principle which can support the development of isolated dwellings in the countryside, Para 134 is a design focused policy which "significant weight" can be applied to in the planning balance when considering a new dwelling in a location which isn't able to trigger Paragraph 80. Significant weight can be given to a high level of design and response to any local design guidance and the surrounding context.

What is Paragraph 134?

Unlike Para80 (formerly 79), which sets out a planning principle which can support the development of isolated dwellings in the countryside, Para134 is a design focused policy which "significant weight" can be applied to in the planning balance when considering a new dwelling in a location which isn't able to trigger paragraph 80 - i.e. in a location which is outside of a defined settlement boundary but not considered to be "isolated". Significant weight can be given to a high level of design and response to any local design guidance and the surrounding context so long as they fit in with the overall form & layout of their surroundings.

134. Development that is not well designed should be refused, especially where it fails to reflect local design policies and government guidance on design, taking into account any local design guidance and supplementary planning documents such as design guides and codes. Conversely, significant weight should be given to:

a) development which reflects local design policies and government guidance on design, taking into account any local design guidance and supplementary planning documents such as design guides and codes; and/or
b) outstanding or innovative designs which promote high levels of sustainability, or help raise the standard of design more generally in an area, so long as they fit in with the overall form and layout of their surroundings.

Every location is unique and will invariably require a bespoke balancing of considerations. If you have a site you wish to discuss, please feel free to contact us and we shall do our best to advise honestly, robustly and appropriately.

Para 134 Projects

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