Hawkes Architecture are the only architectural practice in the UK to almost exclusively specialise in the design of Paragraph 79 houses of exceptional quality and innovative nature of design. We have an enviable track record having achieved 18 consents to date for proposals submitted under this unique UK planning policy. Often these projects have been in highly sensitive areas of the open countryside, including Green Belt, AONBs, Heritage Coast and even within a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
What Is Paragraph 79 ?
The term 'Para 79', formerly 'Para 55' and prior to this 'PPS 7' refers to the aspirational national planning policy, first established in 1997, which sets out various circumstances which can enable the erection of new isolated dwellings in the open countryside. The 'Paragraph 79' policy is a response to the reality that, despite the drive to improve the design quality of new housing, generally new housing continues to be very ordinary and with very poor environmental consideration.
The requirements of Paragraph 79 sets a high bar for architects and rightly so. It demands a design approach of the highest quality. As a result, our studio has developed a sensitive and creative approach and our projects undergo a thorough examination at each stage of their development; from inception to planning, through technical design and construction. Inspirational sustainable design is an inevitable consequence of our rigorous approach to each and every stage of a design’s development.