Projects in Green Belt Locations

7 May 2023

Completed projects under the country clause

If you are planning a new build or renovation project, it is important to consider whether your land sits within a green belt location as this can affect the planning process. Getting planning permission in green belt locations can be a tricky process, but not impossible and shouldn’t deter you.  Constructing a newbuild on green belts incurs the country house clause impacting on the end-to-end design, and circular sustainable materials used. 

Keep reading to see some of IQ Glass’ completed projects in green belt locations and discover what makes these projects special.

Dennis Gilbert/VIEW Photography

IQ Glass worked with Atelier Architecture & Design on La Madonnina, a contemporary home with countryside views in Hertfordshire. One aspect that can be seen in this build that can be used to increase the chances of planning permission being granted is the use of natural materials. Much of the building's exterior is constructed using wood, allowing the unique build to blend in with the natural surroundings.

Highly glazed new build in green belt area

Many projects in green belt locations utilise oversized glazing, with either a frameless or slim framed detailing to allow the glass to be the primary feature. Due to the clear nature of glass, projects that incorporate a lot of glazing have a higher chance of having planning permission approved.

Jim Stephenson Photography

Another project that was based in a green belt location was Field House, a replacement dwelling in Cookham. Designed by Spratley Studios, the new build home featured gable end glazing to bring tonnes of light into the double-height living space and maximise the surrounding rural views. Upstairs, corner to corner glass connections was specified to bring light into every corner of the home. The materials and finishes were carefully chosen to ensure they were in keeping with the countryside setting and these included zinc and pre-weathered burnt timber.

Glass link between two buildings within green belt zone

One project where the glass was chosen to connect two buildings within a new build property was Effingham, where they utilised structural glazing to create a frameless glass link. The glazed link stands between two buildings in this green belt location, allowing views through to the expansive garden space. The double-height glazing reaches an impressive 6 metres tall, acting as a design feature upon approaching the home. The glass link allows an abundance of natural light into the home throughout the daytime, traveling through the glass pivot doors that were used on either side of the glass structure.

Glass link with glass pivot doors

The Shards is a Paragraph 80 new build located on a former quarry. This low carbon newbuild uses triple glazing and slim framed solar control glass to improve the efficiency and performance of the building's envelope.

Clever design details such as the gravity-defying shard-like structural glass as a nod to its original quarry site, this James Bond villain-esque new build designed by Morgan Carn Architects was recognised as an exemplary low carbon Passivhause home winning the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards. 

Low carbon new build on green belt

If you're looking to build on the green belt and seek high-performance architectural timber and glazing solutions, then conytact us for a showroom visit. There are a myriad of products and systems on display at the design centre, a one-stop-shop for all things home design.

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