Flow House Close-Up

Flow House
Leeds, Kent

Project Details

  • Location
    Nr. Leeds, Kent, UK
  • Year
  • Size
    9500 sqft
Project Team

Architects – MKA Associates
John Hebel, Project Manager
Deborah Hebel, Planning & Interior Design

Planting Trees
New Fruit Orchard

Off-market purchase of 82 acres of farmland with spectacular views.

This was merged with 8 acres of land adjacent which housed 24,000 sq ft of disused chicken sheds, all in a poor state of repair.

Submission of planning permission for a 12,000 sq. ft house powered by an 8kw wind turbine, built with copper and a rammed earth wall.

A fund of £25,000 was allocated to secure the permission, which included the services of an architect and planning advisor with an uplift bonus of fee, in the event of successful planning.

This “Property of Outstanding Architectural Quality” supported by  The RIBA Panel of Excellence for Architectural Design was located on farmland in an Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB) upon which new houses are not usually permitted.

The submission was submitted in March 2006 with successful planning granted for the design in September of the same year.  

Planning Pps7 house. Less than 100 houses granted planning since 2006 nationwide.  Planning obtained within 6 months with universal approval by the planning committee of Maidstone borough council. 

On receipt of planning the new fruit orchard with trees from Brogdale Fruit and Tree National Collection was planted. 10,000 trees were planted to re-establish Caring Wood, previously on the land and lost circa 1910. This allowed us to obtain a “ Material Start” retaining the planning in perpetuity assisting in securing a sale in the downturn.

Specialist reports required;

Ecological surveys
Bat surveys
Landscape Design

Sold to a Private Purchaser.


Planning for Flow House
Near Leeds

  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

  • Dilapidated Chicken Sheds

    Dilapidated Chicken Sheds

  • Site Entrance

    Site entrance

  • Chicken Sheds and Entrance

    Chicken Sheds and Entrance

  • Proposed Site Plan

    Proposed Site Plan Flow House

  • North East View

    North East View

  • Flow House

    Flow House

  • Flow House Close-Up

    Flow House Close-Up

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    Deborah Hebel, Director
    Shubunkin Ltd

    F9c Stour Street
    Canterbury, UK