Southern Grove

Luxurious £10m green belt home in Greater London secures planning consent

Southern Grove has obtained planning permission for a luxurious £10m green belt home in Greater London’s western fringe near Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire.

The five-bedroom detached property, named Skyfall, has been designed by WaM Architecture and is set to have a smaller visual impact on its countryside setting than the house it will replace.

Thanks to intelligent use of an expansive lower ground floor, the new home is able to sit lower than the current property and conceals much of the 12,775 sq ft of internal space — this is a 166% increase on the 4,800 sq ft of internal floor space provided within the existing house.

The lower ground floor is able to accommodate underground parking for four cars, a sauna, steam room, gym, lap pool, spa pool, bar, wine cellar and staff living quarters.

Upstairs, the property incorporates an outdoor pool, indoor spa pool, light wells and sliding walls, in addition to five ensuite bedrooms, including a master bedroom which boasts two separate bathrooms, complete with dressing rooms. 

Aided by planning agent Rob Clarke, it took Southern Grove five months to take the project from the drawing board to planning approval, which was granted last week by Chiltern & South Bucks District Council.

“The beauty of this home can’t be understated,” stated Andrew Southern, chairman at Southern Grove.

“It is futuristic, but simple, and wholly sympathetic to the surrounding green belt, and that’s why it has flown through the planning process.

“The internal space that has been achieved is absolutely phenomenal when you consider how minimal the external profile is compared with the property that currently stands on the site.

“This is a great example of our bespoke property team’s work: elegantly designed, single dwellings that make no compromises when it comes to architectural form.” 

Ben Willcox, partner at WaM Architecture, added: “The specific context of the countryside setting in terms of topography, landscape, aspect and outlook were key to developing every phase of the design.

“Skyfall strikes the perfect balance between pure architectural principles and environmental impact and is a true example of what is possible — even when a site is constrained by the importance of preserving our green belt.”

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