Deer can walk on roof of stun­ning mod­ernist home

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - IMAGES REVEAL EYE-CATCHING HOUSE - By Rachael Woods [email protected]­m­group.co.uk @rachael­wood­skm

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

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