Hawkes Architecture were the UK's most successful Paragraph 79 (Para 79) practice, gaining planning consent for 5 isolated dwellings in the open countryside, before the National Planning Policy framework was revised in July 2021. These innovative, sustainable properties were often designed in highly sensitive areas, including Green Belt, AONBs, Heritage Coast and even a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

What was Paragraph 79?

The term 'Para 79' refers to the aspirational National Planning Policy, first established in 1997, that set out various circumstances that would enable the erection of new isolated dwelling in the open countryside. National Planning Policy Framework, 'Paragraph 80' has now superseded this unique policy, a response to improve the quality of new build housing, with very poor environmental consideration.

The requirements of Paragraph 80 (Para 80) sets a high bar for architects, demanding a design approach of the highest quality, which many architects and planners struggle with. Hawkes Architecture continues to lead the way in this sector, setting the bar by which other paragraph 80 proposals are being measured.

Para 79 Approvals

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