Orbis was commissioned to carry out a feasibility study of land to rear of a client’s house in this small North Yorkshire village. A full assessment allowed us to conclude that despite being a greenfield site the land would be suitable for housing provided the right approach was taken. Architects had originally drawn up a scheme of 4 houses but from a design approach we felt this would be too cautious – it would be better to be bold and design the houses in a similar scale and density to that of the existing village. A full contextual study informed this and gave a solid founding in discuss this openly with council officers. The clients now have tacit approval to develop 5+ houses on this exclusive rural site.