Prolific Passive House designers Architype (UK), as part of a partnership called ArchiHaus, have secured planning permission for the UK’s largest Passivhaus scheme, a 150-home development in rural Herefordshire.


Recommending the scheme for approval, planning officers said: “This is an innovative development proposal that is a radical and positive departure from conventional modern housing developments.The environmental sustainability of the buildings in particular is exemplar and would set the benchmark for other developments both within the county and elsewhere to follow.”

The project was the subject of an impassioned debate recently at Herefordshire Council’s planning committee. Whilst some councillors expressed concern about the size of the scheme, others praised the ‘visionary’ nature of the approach: “This is a radical and far superior approach compared to any of the housing developments that have ever been put before this committee….this is exactly the kind of application that we should be supporting…it is a visionary proposal and an opportunity for Kingstone and Herefordshire to be part of the future…in response to the challenges of climate change, this development represents green sustainable development in the best possible way….this will be an iconic development and we’ll be able to say that this began in Herefordshire’.

With a number of Passive House projects in construction around Australia, and many more in the design phase, we hope that our market will soon be equipped to deliver this scale of Passive House development. 

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