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Planning permission granted for a new contemporary home in Derbyshire Countryside.

Plans have been approved by Amber Valley Borough Council for a sunken, split-level, single storey contemporary home to be built in the grounds of Chevin Mount in Farnah Green near Belper.

Chevin Mount is a substantial, individually-designed house built in 1896 occupying a generous mature plot with stunning countryside views. The new dwelling will be built on the north part of the existing property’s garden.

The house that has received planning permission is low-lying to reduce the impact on the countryside. The low-profile split-level design takes advantage of the sloping nature of the site and results in a modern property that will sit harmoniously within the landscape, reflecting the contours of the hillside.

The new dwelling curves across the landscape and has large glazing panels to make the most of the views across open countryside and also to respect the existing trees that surround the site. It features a garage, en-suite bedroom, entrance hall and sitting room at ground floor level, and three en-suite bedrooms together with open plan living accommodation on the lower ground floor level. It will have a green roof to further enhance and blend seamlessly into the surrounds.

A planning report by JMI Planning states "The proposed dwelling has a contemporary character and appearance distinct from its fairly traditional context. However, it is of high-quality design in its own right and will complement rather than detract from its surroundings."

The design, plans and visuals are by Matthew Montague Architects and planning matters by JMI Planning.

If you would like advice on architectural services or how to get planning permission, contact Matthew Montague on 01335 330510 or email


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