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Architype gets go-ahead for UK's largest Passivhaus scheme

Trust Patron members Architype have secured planning permission for the UK’s largest Passivhaus scheme, a 150-home development in rural Herefordshire.

Bridgecroft is being developed by Archihaus, a joint venture between Architype director Jonathan Hines and Swedish businessman Lars Carlson. Architype is working with Churchman Landscape Architects on the project. Director Jonathan Hines said: “We are delighted that in granting approval the planning committee recognised the visionary and innovative approach. It has been a liberating experience to rethink our role as architects and tackle the issue of housing development from first principles. This scheme will establish a new benchmark in housing development, by demonstrating that better design quality and Passivhaus can be achieved as standard”

Recommending the scheme for approval, planning officers said: “This is an innovative development proposal that is a radical and positive departure from conventional modern housing developments.The environmental sustainability of the buildings in particular is exemplar and would set the benchmark for other developments both within the county and elsewhere to follow.”

The project was the subject of an impassioned debate recently at Herefordshire Council’s planning committee. Whilst some councillors expressed concern about the size of the scheme, others praised the ‘visionary’ nature of the approach: “This is a radical and far superior approach compared to any of the housing developments that have ever been put before this committee….this is exactly the kind of application that we should be supporting…it is a visionary proposal and an opportunity for Kingstone and Herefordshire to be part of the future…in response to the challenges of climate change, this development represents green sustainable development in the best possible way….this will be an iconic development and we'll be able to say that this began in Herefordshire'

14th June 2013

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