Isfield – Oaks farm


Description:Rural agricultural small scale housing scheme


Approximate Cost:N/A

Isfield – Oaks farm housing scheme, comprises of three, three bedroom detached houses, located on the fringe of a rural Sussex village, 5 miles to the north east of Lewes.

The proposal seeks to make optimum use of the site with a sensitively considered rural development that would respect the vernacular architectural language of rural sussex, whilst offering state of the art net zero Passivhaus homes for families as well as improving the biodiversity and ecological value of the current site.

The key elements of the design are :

  • ¬†Contemporary barn and agricultural aesthetic and typology to proposal.
  • Detached houses providing appropriate density to site without losing ecological potential.
  • Efficient construction minimising fabric heat loss/gain.
  • Site layout provides both amenity and privacy with landscaped bank to road and private gardens.
  • Biodiversity net gain with increase of planted areas and limiting the new hardstanding on site.
  • Improvement of surface water management with increase of permeable pavers
  • Net zero carbon compliant with GSHP, electric car charging, passive solar and ventilation design.
  • Incorporated design approach to respect the East Sussex Architectural vernacular.


The small scheme housing scheme has been designed through a proces of research, based on historic Sussex and Downland farm steads. This relates to the materiality, scale, appearance and layout of the houses, with the clear intention to integrate and weave the proposal into the local rural and agricultural surroundings.

Isfield РOaks farm design proposals,  demonstrate the provision of a high quality housing scheme that complies with LPA and National Planning policies and addresses an acute local need with a thoughtful and appropriate approach to the sensitivity and considerations of the site. Through studied use of material, consideration of form and typology and application of passive design principles as well as passive house ones, this scheme will provide zero carbon, high-quality housing on a site that is currently underused.
The proposed design would be a valuable and beneficial addition to the immediate vicinity, promoting the principles of sustainable, locally generated quality architecture that exemplifies a responsible approach to development in this age.


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