This site is located on a village periphery within the National Park, so normally it would be a huge task to achieve planning permission here. Indeed, most of the public and officers would revert to a stance of it being a non-starter from the off. But sites are not just marks on a plan – each site has to be viewed on its own merits irrespective of its location. In this case looking at both near and wider landscape setting it was clear that here there was an opportunity to develop a single new house without harming the essential qualities of the surrounding specially protected area. The key to this was setting out a clear strategy to do so – putting resources into addressing those elements of contention and supporting the application with a detailed and thorough understanding of the proposed house in its landscape conbtext.