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PLANNING APPROVED IN RURAL CAMBRIDGESHIRE

TIMBER FRAME DESIGN & PLANNING APPROVED IN RURAL CAMBRIDGESHIRE

RE-DESIGN PROCESS WORKING WITH THE CLIENT, CONSERVATION OFFICER, PLANNING OFFICER AND VILLAGE DESIGN GROUP

 

Oakwrights partner designer Pete Tonks was instructed to assist this client in obtaining planning permission for their dream timber home on a wonderful plot in rural Cambridgeshire back in late 2007

The plot was one of two adjacent plots, sold with outline planning permission. The plot sits within the conservation area of the village and borders open countryside as it sits right on the edge of the settlement boundary.

The original design process involved us initially preparing various concept proposals to configure the optimum room layouts for the client and assess their impact on the plot in terms of position, orientation, sun and shading and overall impact. We then went further into the design process and assessed the concepts against national and local planning policy and also on this occasion, we also had to work in conjunction with the Village Design Group which was a self representing committee made up of residents who have an interest in the design balance of new development within the village. Also, as part of this design stage, we advised the client that an Arboricultural Survey would be required due to the trees on and adjacent to the site and also a Topographical Survey which deals with the levels, drainage and other important information such as boundaries and access.

FRAME RE-DESIGN

 

Once we had agreed an in principle scheme, we attended meetings at the local planning authority with the client and had in depth discussions with the planning officer and the conservation officer and eventually, we agreed to submit the application for consideration through the normal channels. The planning application consisted of not only the plans and drawings, but also the tree survey, topographical survey, photo montages, street scene perspectives and the design & access statement which is a written record of the process and the ultimate objective of the proposal.

Unfortunately, due to a number of staff changes and procedural changes at the local planning authority, the application was initially refused and subsequently also dismissed at appeal. Although what the planners considered wrong with the scheme was a simplistic set of parameters to address. The main concern was that all the way through the application we had the support of the planning officer and the conservation officer. However, this was not so, as a new conservation officer was appointed, who was not supportive of the scheme; we had no choice other than to re-design.

We therefore, embarked on a re-design process working with the client, conservation officer, planning officer and village design group and eventually worked up a scheme, which all parties supported. The good thing about this was that we had not diluted the original scheme significantly and therefore the clients were still happy with the proposals. This ultimately is the most important goal for a designer when clients choose to use the Oakwrights architectural design and planning service.

Two further revised planning applications were made as well as in-depth negotiations with the planning authority and village design group, this resulted in full planning approval and to say our clients were happy would be an understatement!

The clients now have their planning permission for what is going to be a stunning oak house on a great plot and are commencing the build in Spring/Summer 2011 so keep an eye on the blog for future updates

oak frame drawings by oakwrights in cambridgeshire

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initial designs by oakwrights in rural cambridgeshire

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consented drawings rural cambridgeshire

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