OAK FRAME TEMPLATE
The idea was to use the full Oakwrights pack including oak frame and the highly insulated encapsulation system “Light Wall”. Using plans and elevations taken directly from the Show House, they had approached their local council to discuss the possibility of replacing their existing bungalow. Unfortunately the Planning Department were not happy to support this approach using a pre designed house, wanting them to consider their design in relation to site issues specific to their location.
This ‘extra’ information is not always required, but where it is, can often add considerable weight to an application, and aid a positive outcome. It was clear from the information that we provided in the ‘Visual Impact Appraisal’ how secluded the site was, and therefore how little the proposed changes could be seen from near or far.
Alongside this requested information, a standard requirement is for a written ‘Design and Access Statement’ to be included with an application. We were able to make references to the local village design statement, which strongly supported new buildings of the type and style that we were proposing – buildings ‘incorporating interesting and sympathetic architectural details and features, using materials appropriate for the locality’.
Having carried out the ‘pre-application’ discussion with the planning department prior to our formal submission, and taken account of the points raised by this, no other issues arose during the application itself, and the approval was granted at the end of the usual eight week determination period. This has been another successful planning application for John Williams and Oakwrights. We will bring you more story’s regarding this project as the build progresses.