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  1. Hi Dmac, I still look in on the forum but not as much as I used to as I am in the middle of building my own house. If anyone has any questions on rural planning please do not hesitate to post them for me or send me a message. I have written a column on rural planning and sustainability for the Farming Life for more than 4 years so I should know the answer. As usual BelfastVI is well ahead of the curve but to be honest the new Strategic Planning Policy Statement for Northern Ireland doesnt have anything in it that would suggest a change to the existing policies.
  2. If you do need free advice on building in the countryside please do not hesitate to contact us either through this forum, the farming life or at our office. 2020 Architects specialise in rural/sustainable architecture and as a result of this specialism we write a monthly column in the farming life called 'ask the architect' dealing with specific rural planning and sustainable issues.
  3. Hi folks, We still have some complimentary tickets left for the show, if you would like some just head to our facebook page and we'll sort you out! http://www.facebook.com/2020architects.co.uk
  4. Sorry I meant that ...'this belief'... The house achieves a 93% under SAP, has 12 inches of insulation in the floors and roof and 10 inches in the walls, comes as standard with triple glazed passive house approved doors and windows and a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system. This house is 1500 sq ft so at £59,500.00 including contractors profit it is not expensive.
  5. I would disgree with this statement. This believe is why we created the 2020 Eco Home, to prove that low energy did not mean expensive.
  6. I wrote about permitted development for farmers in my column in the farming life, see below for a copy of the text, again I hope that this helps. Ask the Architect 2020 Chartered Architects are specialists in specialists in sustainable technologies and rural architecture. Regional Director Michael Howe, the senior architect in 2020 Chartered Architects Ballymoney office, is a member of the Royal Society of Ulster Architect’s and a member of the Royal Society’s Sustainability Committee. If you require additional information or wish to discuss a specific site please do not hesitate to contact
  7. I have recently written about permitted development rights in the Belfast Telegraph, permitted development rights (what you can build without planning) for home owners are slightly different from those of farmers. See below the permitted development rights for a home owner when it comes to building a small structure in your garden, if you are a farmer this is will not relate to you. With regard the building of this type of structure it would be the detailing, to ensure that the building did not leak etc, that would be the most difficult aspect; however, this type of building is not that unusa
  8. Building Control would not be the main problem, we have recently designed a straw bale house for an AONB (see image) and building control are more than happy about the construction, your main issue would be planning. Planners are eager to see Northern Irish Architecture reflect Northern Ireland and as such a hobbit house from the Lord of The Rings would be difficult to achieve. I would definitly not suggest looking for retrospective planning on this type of building, your best chance would be to put in a full planning application and hope that you get a responsive case officer who you can wor
  9. I have seen a copy of the letter you received and have discussed it with the RIBA, after these discussions I would suggest that following the advice of BelfastVI's post above would be a sensible solution, although, I would always recommend taking professional advice at an early stage to avoid disapointment. Sorry that I cant comment further on the letter but It would probably be unwise. Hope that this helps
  10. Hi FTB There are areas that are more difficult to obtain planning, for instance around the causeway; however, if they are looking to get a house under the farming policy of pps21 then these areas should not affect teh application. I cant see the farming policy under PPS21 changing any time soon, although I do not have a crystal ball regarding such issues. If I was in your situation I would apply for the outline application, this would give you an approval for 5 years and is a reasonably cheap process. Many people extend this time limit by putting in a full planning application, a building
  11. Lanie It is very difficult for me to give you accurate advice without more information, if you would like to email me directly to [email protected] with an address this would help. (I can appreciate people might not want to give this information out on line) The ribbon development policy does relate to the countryside but it is a specific set of circumstances that provide the opportunity for this type of development, which would be very time consuming to list here. Your address would be enough for me to look on a map to see if your site is inline with this policy; however, I am sor
  12. no problem at all No, under new policy the time scale doesn't matter. If you want to discuss any sites in more detail, don't hesitate to contact me on [email protected]
  13. Hi John, Yes, under the new policy, as long as the building has 4 substantial walls, there is a good case for a replacement dwelling.
  14. sorry, does the building have stone walls or just a stone base? It sounds like your building is on the cusp of what is acceptable; however, I would have to see images of the building and preferably a site location plan to give a comprehensive answer. If you do not feel comfortable posting those images online you can email me at [email protected]
  15. "the new building is visually linked or sited to cluster with an established group of buildings on the farm and where practicable, access to the dwelling should be obtained from an existing lane." - PPS21 There is ambiguity surrounding this because unfortunatly it is poorly worded. I recently met with politicians from the four main partys and a senior planning officer to discuss this and it was accepted that this was one of the many gray areas within the policy. I will be writting a response for PPS21 before the review period is over and will flag the areas of ambiguity up in that. The farm
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