This property has been the subject of a number of planning applications over the past 5 years, the majority of which have been refused. Following these setbacks, our client approached us to see if we could devise some new approach from which to unlock the development potential of the site.
The current dwelling is an old cottage, which is severely dilapidated internally and in dire need of improvement. In order to offset the cost of this renovation our client wished to obtain permission for additional dwellings on the site, but this was something that had been rigorously refused by the local planning authority.
Clearly a new approach was needed. Whilst the previous application had opted to remove the existing cottage in favour of inserting multiple replacement dwellings, we felt that it did have value and could be renovated into a comfortable home. In addition with careful planning, its renovation would allow us to insert a small new dwelling on the site.
Granted Permission At Appeal
The previous failed applications had proposed pastiche and architecturally bland additions and as such we suggested a radically contemporary addition instead. This would take the form of a small but perfectly considered one bedroom dwelling, and would be built from high quality materials taking their cue from the surrounding environment.
The application was refused again by the local planning authority but due to the confidence we had in the scheme, we made an Appeal against the decision. The planning inspector agreed with our view and praised the “…unashamedly contemporary…high quality design” which had been given “thoughtful consideration”.