Search

The highly unusual home to be built in mid Norfolk countryside which will cope if the lights go out

PUBLISHED: 15:27 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:27 17 May 2017

The plans for Pivot House state that the home will be a unique and eco-friendly development. Picture: Studio Bark

The plans for Pivot House state that the home will be a unique and eco-friendly development. Picture: Studio Bark

Archant

A unique and highly sustainable home is to be built in the Norfolk countryside after permission was granted by Breckland Council.

The plans for Pivot House in Reymerston, near Dereham, were approved under Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which allows houses to be built in the countryside providing they reflect the “highest standards of architecture, sustainability and innovation.”

Designed by London-based architecture firm Studio Bark, the house is designed to react to potential future energy shortfalls by being completely ‘off-grid’, meaning that it will be self-sufficient and without any reliance on public utilities.

Energy for the house will be drawn from discreet solar panels and these will be backed up by a biofuel generator. Heating and hot water will come from a combination of a log batch biomass boiler, which burns logs to heat a large tank of water, and a renewable technology that uses pipes buried in the garden to extract heat from the ground.

Drinking water will be sourced from a newly dug hole in the garden which will harvest water from the roof of the house.

Wilf Meynell, director of Studio Bark, said: “Pivot House gave us the chance to address a very beautiful but immensely challenging landscape. The ecology and biodiversity of the site is rich with life, yet currently unappreciated and poorly maintained.

“By gently nestling a contextual building into the site and through implementing a phased landscaping design we hope to realise a building which not only provides a fantastic low-energy home to a young family, but also significantly enhances the ecological potential of this unique setting”.

Breckland district councillor Paul Claussen said: “A dwelling of this calibre and design should be encouraged and the idea of going off grid is completely unique and very sustainable.”

However, not everyone welcomed the proposal, with two objections lodged against the development. The first was from the Garvestone Parish Council, which said that the house would be outside of the village settlement boundary and in an unsustainable location, the second was from Park Farm, in Southburgh, and raised concerns about disturbance to protected wildlife.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Fakenham and Wells Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Fakenham and Wells Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Fakenham and Wells Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other news

Yesterday, 17:39

Sun lovers hoping for a scorching bank holiday may be disappointed as forecasters predict temperatures will start to drop.

Yesterday, 17:17

Some of the world’s finest cars have been turning heads in north Norfolk.

Yesterday, 16:51

Sunseekers looking to cool off in the region’s water this weekend have been given warnings about how to stay safe after a spell of warm weather was forecast for this weekend.

Yesterday, 15:57

A partnership of East Anglian expertise has brought back another Chelsea Gold Medal to this region for a popular garden that captured the tranquil beauty of our much-loved Broadland landscape.

Most Read

Yesterday, 15:10

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is opening a new shop in Fakenham.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:15

A flurry of overdoses in 24 hours has sparked fears that an unusually-potent batch of heroin is being pushed on Norfolk’s streets.

Read more
Wed, 15:32

Campaigners fighting to save a highly-valued Fakenham care home have dismissed concerns the unit is set to close.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:39

Sun lovers hoping for a scorching bank holiday may be disappointed as forecasters predict temperatures will start to drop.

Read more
United Kingdom
Mon, 18:00

Take a trip down memory lane with our A-Z of Norfolk and Suffolk’s towns and villages. Continuing with F, we take a brief look at the history of Fakenham.

Read more
Fakenham

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 17°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter