Paragraph 80 houses (formerly Para 79) are projects that are an exception in the planning system allowing the construction of new houses in the countryside.  Proposals will need to justify & meet the stringent requirements set out in Paragraph 80 in order to gain approval for an exceptional dwelling set within an isolated setting.

For this reason, CGI Visuals for Paragraph 80 projects need to be carefully curated paying particular care to the environs to which the project is sited.

Joanna James Ltd were delighted to be commissioned to assist in the preparation of CGI Visuals sales particulars for a Paragraph 80 project being sold off plan.

The Project

Sitting on the northern edge of the beautiful Chilterns AONB, this expansive plot of land, less than 10 miles from Harpenden and St Albans, offered prospective purchasers a rare opportunity to build a unique and sustainable house in rural Hertfordshire. The 2.35-acre plot was awarded Paragraph 80 planning permission for a light-filled, five-bedroom house spanning 3,792 sq ft and configured around an internal courtyard.

Interior CGI Visuals

At its core is an interconnecting glazed circulation space, from which four wings will radiate. Each wing will have a shallow pitched green roof and flow seamlessly into a series of courtyard gardens. United by their scale and their simple material palette of local brick, flint, black timber cladding and sedum roofing, the spaces will have a modest, contemporary aesthetic.

Paragraph 80 CGI

Exterior CGI Visuals

Particular & necessary care was taken while curating the expansive and detailed landscaping scheme, key to the holistic approach to the site. The ecological value and range of biodiversity of the plot will be enhanced through an ambitious and varied layout comprising intimate courtyard gardens, a wildflower meadowland, a fruit orchard and a cherry blossom plantation. The considered planting will support the area’s rich wildlife and encourage local species of birds and insects.

Immersive 360 CGI Visuals

Panoramic virtual tours take you beyond traditional 2D images and predetermined animations and let you step into the space, experiencing a real time view from any direction you wish.

A Space for Living

The proposed ground floor will be cleverly organised in a predominantly open and flexible layout, which also allows for retreat and privacy. Emanating from the central court will be a sociable kitchen and dining room, as well as two separate gathering spaces, a living room and a family room.

CGI for Rightmove

Rightmove – Sold

Within just a few weeks of being published for sale on Rightmove et al the project successfully reached agreement for sale.


Commissioning Joanna James to produce CGI visuals is an excellent way to make your company stand out. CGI visuals are ideal for planning applications, concept presentations, sales and marketing.

For a quotation, or to discuss ways of animating & modelling your design concept, please contact with an outline of your requirements on 01242 300108 or


Exterior CGI Visualisation from Joanna James


Visualise to realise by transforming external architectural design concepts into photo-realistic visualisations that will generate interest, excitement & confidence in your scheme. Helping to bring projects to life.

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Animation from Joanna James


Video flythroughs & Animations take the viewer on an incredible journey into the future. Using a predetermined flightpath you can choose to focus on key areas & viewpoints of a project to really highlight what matters.

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Photomontage from Joanna James


Proposed development plans  set against the backdrop of a real photograph. Developers in the commercial, residential & leisure sectors use Joanna James Photomontages to support planning applications & illustrate design ideas.

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