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Development Site, Upper Stowe

Guide Price £895,000

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A unique opportunity to create a substantial contemporary and eco friendly dwelling of just under 5,000 sq ft (465 sq m) with an added annex and garage block of a further 2,000 sq ft (185 sq m) occupying a plot of 7.59 acres with unrivalled views.

Upper Stowe - Contemporary design granted under Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework
Unrivalled south facing views across open landscape
Open plan living on three levels
Separate garaging and plant room
Separate 2 bedroom guest/staff accommodation
Eco friendly construction and living
Living roof
Open plan kitchen/living/dining area
Entertaining hall, study, snug
Five bedrooms, five bathrooms
7.59 Acres (further land available by separate negotiation

Approximate Distances - Towcester 5 miles Northampton 8 miles M1 junction 16, 7 miles
Milton Keynes 25 miles Birmingham 45 miles London 65 miles Leicester 45 miles
London Euston 35 minutes from Milton Keynes Luton, Birmingham and East Midlands airports within 1 hour

The Concept Of Paragraph 55 - In March 2012 the Government set out in Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework a policy to allow the development of exceptional dwellings in open countryside.

Paragraph 55 states to promote the sustainable development in rural areas, housing should be located where it will enhance and maintain the vitality of rural communities.

Planning policy generally seeks to resist one off dwellings in open countryside except where there is a need for a rural worker, the use of an existing building or enabling development to secure heritage assets.

However, under paragraph 55 the construction of a dwelling of exceptional outstanding quality or innovative nature which helps raise the standard of design in its rural area can be permitted.

The dwelling approved at Upper Stowe has been through rigorous review by a panel of highly qualified architects who operate under The OPUN panel for Architecture in the East Midlands.

The design of the house is at one with its environment blending into the landscape when seen from across the valley. The house when constructed will be fluid with the landscape with references to local vernacular. Natural stone will blend in with the existing landscape and green roofs, allowing the dwelling to appear almost transparent within its environment, yet from the inside the panoramic full height glazing will allow the occupiers to really feel at one with the incredible landscape around them.

Green living roofs will determine the character of the internal space and being lenticular shaped will blend seamlessly into the landscape.

Tree planting to the north east and west of the site will help further and enhance the landscape of the rural area and allow the dwelling to become part of the landscape.

The design offers opportunities for the purchaser to incorporate significant green technologies with the construction of the dwelling.

The construction of the approved dwelling will afford the occupier truly contemporary living with unrivalled views in an exceptional location worthy of the Paragraph 55 status.

Construction Methodology - The dream was to construct a stunning contemporary house to afford itsoccupants unrivalled modern living. Sadler Brown Architects were chosen due to their excellence in the field of Paragraph 55 design. Their brief was to gain consent for a house worthy of the high criteria imposed by Paragraph 55 whilst also ensuring that the design would be practical and economic to construct. An assumption was made that this may be a self build project and as such should be achievable by such a purchaser. Traditional techniques have been chosen where possible with a material palette that is widely available.

Internally the layout has been designed with sweeping walls constructed of block and dressed with external natural stone walls. The annex, garage and plant room can be constructed in a similar way. Because of the terraced design all of the rooms will enjoy south facing views, the internal features of the dwelling will allow the purchasers own design flare and drive to complement the approved external features and will allow the occupier to use the large open glazing areas to maximise the natural light entering the property and use this effectively to complement the internal living space.

Accommodation - Bespoke kitchen and bathroom unit designs are to be incorporated, allowing theoccupier to explore their own individuality and tastes.

On approved plans the main reception room is thoroughly contemporary with informal living, kitchen and dining areas in one elliptical shaped room. This leads onto the entertaining hallway which provides both access to the master bedroom suite and also the other bedroom suites, followed by the study and snug.

The master bedroom suite is in the second tier and comprises a private raised area with dressing room, bathroom and master bedroom suite. Returning to the hall stairs lead to the third tier where there are four double bedrooms all with separate bathrooms. From the hall there is also a cloakroom, toilet and utility.

The accommodation of the main house extends to just under 5,000 sq ft or 465 sq m of net internal accommodation.

Within the annex and garage block the accommodation will have a living room/ kitchen, 2 bedrooms with en suites, triple garage and plant/store room which extends to a further 2,000 sq ft (185 sq m) of net internal accommodation.

Outside informal gardens will pick up the features and contours of the landscape providing garden areas, ornamental ponds and with pasture land surrounding the
entire dwelling, providing sufficient land for equestrian facilities.

Outside the enclosure of the site by existing stone walling and historic hedgelines which will be represented within the dwelling itself which help further to integrate
the dwelling into its landscape.

The site sits within a total area of 7.59 acres (3.07 hectares) or thereabouts of undulating pasture land which gently slopes from north to south. Further land may be available for the provision of further landscape features including the construction of lakes and further woodland planting and grazing land.

This presents a wonderful opportunity for an occupier to purchase an extremely rare site within open countryside to construct a contemporary dwelling which will be unrivalled in the area of exceptional architectural design, environmental credentials with unrivalled views.

General Information -

Planning - Planning permission was granted by Daventry District Council under Application Reference DA/2015/1164 for the construction of single dwelling plus guest annex and associated landscaping and formation of new vehicular access.

Planning permission was granted on 29th June 2016, condition 1 of the planning permission requires that the development be commenced within three years of the date of this permission.

Tenure - The property is freehold and vacant possession will be given upon completion.

Services - Mains water and electricity are believed to be available nearby. Drainage would be to a private system within the site.

Heating within the dwelling to be provided by a ground/air source heat pump.

Council Tax Banding - The dwelling is not constructed and therefore not registered for Council Tax, it is envisaged it will come under Council Tax Band H.

Post Code - The postcode for Sat Nav directions is NN7 4SH.

Directions - From M1 junction 16 head west on the A45 through the villages of Flore and into Weedon. At Weedon crossroads, turn left and head south on the A5 and after approximately 2.5 miles, turn right, signposted Upper Stowe and Stowe Ninechurches. The land lies adjacent to the eastern boundary of Upper Stowe village and will be identified by a for sale board.

The land is shown for identification purposes edged red on the plan.

From the south head north from Towcester on the A5 and after about 5 miles, turn left leading to Upper Stowe, continue with directions above.

Viewing - Viewing strictly by prior appointment through the sole selling agents Howkins & Harrison,, telephone 01788 564686
or 07773 421115, or, telephone 01327 353575.

Energy Saving Features - Ground/air source heat pump
Green roof
Triple glazed energy absorbing windows
Rendered concrete block construction
Rainwater harvesting

Rights Of Way - There are no public footpaths, bridleways, wayleaves or easements crossing the land.

There is a public footpath which crosses the vendors retained land.

The property has access to the public highway and a new approved access will be constructed, see plans.

A full planning pack is available which will have copies of the concept design, design drawings, full suite of planning application information, design review information and approved planning permission, much of this information can be downloaded from Daventry District Councils website at planning reference DA/2015/1164.

Boundary Ownership - Boundary ownership where known is shown by an inward marked T.

Local Authority - Daventry District Council Tel. 01327 871100
Northampton County Council Tel. 0300 126 1000

Vendor Solicitor - Arnold Thomson Solicitors, 205 Watling Street West, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 6BX,
reference Matt Hawkins, telephone 01327 350266, email

Architects - Sadler Brown Architecture, 11/12 Riverside Studios,
Amethyst Rd, Newcastle Business Park,
Newcastle upon Tyne. NE4 7YL

Important Notices - 1. These particulars have been prepared in all good faith to give a fair overall view of the property. If any points are particularly relevant to your interest in the property please ask for further information.

2. Nothing in these particulars shall be deemed to be a statement that the property is in a good structural condition or otherwise, nor that any services, appliances, equipment or facilities are in good working order. Purchasers should satisfy themselves on such matters prior to purchase.

3. The photograph/s depict only certain parts of the property. It should not be assumed that any contents, furnishings/furniture etc. photographed are included in the sale. It should not be assumed that the property remains as displayed in the photograph/s. No assumptions should be made with regard to parts of the property that have not been photographed. Please ask for further information if required.

4. Any areas, measurements or distances referred to are given as a GUIDE ONLY and are not precise. If such details are fundamental to a purchase, purchasers must rely on their own enquiries or those which can be performed by their appointed advisers.

Ref. JWP/B.581/August 2016

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