‘Fairman’s Meadow’ is a design for a new Country House under the ‘paragraph 79 exception’ clause (formerly ‘para 55’) by JPA, working with Quod Planning and Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Landscape Architects. This exception to normal planning policy allows for ‘truly outstanding designs’ that ‘reflect the highest standards in architecture’ - continuing the tradition of the English Country House - to gain planning consent. The 4 Ha site is set within the High Weald of Kent and is a beautiful open meadow, with a small lake fed by a ‘gill’ (a small valley typical of the Kentish countryside) and adjoins an ancient woodland. In addition to the aim of creating an outstanding design we claim innovation in: Being one of the first houses to utilise stablised rammed earth construction in Britain. Building with earth is a traditional vernacular construction method that can be traced throughout human history and across the globe but is only now being explored in this country Bringing cross laminated timber construction to bear on this project. A low embodied energy, long life construction material. In recent decades timber construction has largely been usurped by energy hungry masonry and steel construction Employing innovative and integrated Hybrid Solar Energy systems and Battery Storage system Reinvent and revive ice house thermal storage One of the first houses to employ biomimicry to avoid bird strikes We believe it will be the first to implement gill restoration and monitoring. The proposed house takes the typology of local farmsteads and hamlets that ‘cluster’ separate buildings to create an ensemble, to arrive at a series of linked pavilions. These are connected by a delicate glazed link, fusing inside and outside spaces. They also contain courtyards that bring nature into the heart of the home. Our material palette uses the earth itself from the locality to create a stabilised rammed earth ‘platform’ set into the sloping ground containing guest and entertaining spaces. The single-storey pavilions that containing living and service accommodation sit upon this platform. These are clad in sweet chestnut coated in a preservative that lends a whitish hue. We believe the design will offer a paradigm for design in rural areas, helping to raise standards of design in rural areas.