Deer can walk on roof of stunning modernist home
A stunning home where deer will be able to walk on the roof is to be built in open countryside after permission was granted due to its exceptional architecture.
Deer House, near Tenterden, has been designed by Guy Hollaway Architects, which discovered that a medieval deer leap was a feature of the landscape which the new building takes its character from.
The house at Heronden, Smallhythe Road, will be recessed into the land and have a green roof allowing deer to wander on top of it.
A spokesman for the architect said: “The dwelling will enable the parkland to return to its former use as a deer farm, allowing the occupants and the deer to co-exist within the environment.
“It sits parallel to the existing deer leap, an inward facing steep bank, which allowed deer to jump into the park, but prevented their escape by being too high.”
Ashford Borough Council (ABC) agreed to the modernist home under Paragraph 79 of the 2018 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which covers the building of new isolated homes in open countryside where development is usually not allowed.
Paragraph 79 can exempt buildings of outstanding architectural interest.
The homeowners will enjoy views across the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) as a ha-ha wall, which is sunken so its top is level with the garden with a ditch on the far side, will allow for an uninterrupted vista.
A winding track to the luxury home weaves between trees, reflecting “the historic carriage rides approaching the Grade II listed Heronden and Heronden Hall.”
Full planning permission was given by ABC for the dwelling on December 7, which the architects are describing as one of the most energyefficient houses in the UK, with an “exceptionally low carbon footprint”.
The home - which is of concrete, steel and glass construction - features polished concrete floors.
Deer will be able to cross the green roof as the house is recessed into the land
An artist’s impression shows a deer standing on the roof of the stunning glass-fronted home
Guy Hollaway designed Ashford’s Elwick Place development
The home will be built outside Tenterden
Architect Guy Hollaway