Hailsham designer wins South Down planning approval

Architect's plans of how the finished house will look
Architect's plans of how the finished house will look

A Hailsham-based design and planning consultant has won approval for an ultra-modern, low-carbon building in the South Downs National Park.

Lewes District Council and National Park planning officers accepted the importance of making a suitable architectural statement.

The building designed by Glenn Moore Associates replaces a 1930s bungalow with views to the coast between Newhaven and Seaford. Glenn said the design pays homage to lighthouses, silos and Anglo Saxon roundhouses while being influenced by the topography and the post modernist movement.

The home has a central circular conical, copper-clad turret with internal access to an extensive grassed natural landscape. There is a green roof.

Bedrooms are on the ground floor and upstairs there is a seating area and viewing balcony overlooking the sea. Glenn’s design respects the contours of the site and complies with national planning policy which says development should function well, add to the quality of the area and be visually attractive.

Floor area will be 375 sq m and offer adaptable family accommodation for parents, children and guests. The brief was to provide an inclusive modern and sustainable dwelling that respects its setting. It is being sold through Winkworth’s, Lewes.