Paragraph 79 is the country house exemption clause. You may be able to get permission to build “an exceptional one-off house on a site where refusal would normally be expected.”
“To qualify for approval a proposal’s design must be ‘of exceptional quality’. It should be ‘truly outstanding or innovative, reflecting the highest standards in architecture, and would help to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas. It must also ‘significantly enhance its immediate setting and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area”. (RIBA)
We have successfully applied for planning applications using Paragraph 79. Do talk to us if you think that you may qualify or need to apply.