Newton Harcourt Manor

Client: Private land owner
Completed: 2012

Newton Harcourt Manor PhotomontageMoore Environment were commissioned to carry out a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) for a proposal to construct a new house some 120 metres to the south east of an existing Grade II Listed manor.

The new house was designed to be of outstanding architectural merit and was therefore proposed under the terms of PPS 7: Sustainable Development in Rural areas which states:

‘Very occasionally the exceptional quality and innovative nature of the design of a proposed, isolated new house may provide special justification for granting planning permission.’

Another key principle of the policy is that the development in rural areas should be well designed and inclusive, in keeping and in scale with its location, and sensitive to the character of the countryside and local distinctiveness.

Local Planning Authority Archaeologists raised particular issues regarding the visual impact of the proposal on its surroundings and in particular the setting of nearby heritage assets.

The LVIA and a number of photomontages had therefore been requested by the LPA required to consider the impact of the designed deliberate views of the proposed house on the setting and whether it would make a positive contribution to the landscape character and heritage setting or would diminish it.

The assessment was carried out in accordance with current best practice guidance and took into consideration an archaeological desk-based assessment and Heritage Statement commissioned at the same time. Consultation was carried out with Harborough District Council and the Planning Archaeologists and the scheme was granted Full Planning Permission.

“The dwelling will be visible in glimpses, but as a whole is considered to have little or no adverse visual impact. By virtue of …. written evidence provided, it has been demonstrated that the proposed development will not …. significantly affect the adjacent heritage assets”
Extract of statement of reason for grant of Planning Permission. February 2012

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