Laurence Associates: planning, architecture, landscape

Little Piper

The site contained a small two-bedroom 1930s bungalow. It was of a size where a larger dwelling could easily be accommodated, but the local planning policy of such developments limited the volume allowed. The site lay outside any settlement boundary and the main consideration was justifying the scale of the proposed replacement dwelling.

We successfully argued that the benefits of the redevelopment of the site and the characteristics of the proposed design far outweighed any technical conflict with local planning policy and planning permission was granted.

The design was for a one and half storey traditional building form with modest proportioned dormers with contemporary fenestration features including the first floor master bedroom window arrangement and wrap around corner kitchen windows. The combination of horizontal cedar cladding with white render walls, with natural slate roof and windows cills, complimented the wooden setting of the site.

The scheme included detailed landscaping proposals which included making a special feature of the stream that ran through the site and replacing the timber bridge from the lane with a stone bridge.

SERVICES : planning - architecture - landscape