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Shepherds Lawn, Goudhurst, Kent

Site description: The property lies adjacent to, but outside the Limits to Built Development, and is within both the Conservation Area and High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The site is steeply sloping with a number of TPO trees and borders onto open landscape. It is a sensitive and landmark site as visible from the wider landscape to the Tiese valley to the west and Horsmonden to the north.

Proposal: This modern ‘landscaped’ building is a sensitive and innovative replacement to a 1960’s two storey house. The proposal seeks to responds directly to its setting, aspect, and topography to preserve and positively enhance the local landscape and minimise impact within the High Weald AONB. The house now under construction, is a contemporary split level ‘garden building’ with green walls, living roofs, timber cladding and natural coloured render partially within a historic brick wall. It is cut into the natural slope of the land within 0.85 acres and appears to cascade down the hill with a series of green roof terraces and balconies providing inside outside space to all areas. The garden design includes a pool, natural swimming lake, gabion terraces, internal landscaped courtyard and external walled garden. RIBA Stages 0-3*

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