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sensitive in sevenoaks oakwrights planning consent story

SENSITIVE OAK FRAME HOUSE DESIGN IN SEVENOAKS

PLANNING A SITE FOR A NEW WOODEN HOME WITHIN AN AREA OF A SENSITIVE NATURE

 

Darren Blackwell, an Oakwrights Architectural Designer, writes about the project:

I first met Patrick on site in the October of 2010. As Patrick and his family had lived on the site a good number of years, he had a very clear vision of what he wanted to achieve and how to optimise the site as a whole.

The site lies within the picturesque setting of the Conservation Area of Chipstead in Kent. Due to the sensitive nature of the site and the potential impact on the area as a whole, a conceptual scheme was undertaken which not only reflected the historic architectural detailing of the village, but also due to the scale of the proposal, gave the impression of a hamlet of individual buildings, with its broken and stepped eaves and ridge lines. This to a certain extent would ensure that the perceived massing and bulk would be considerably reduced.

initial sketches sensitive in sevenoaks

initial sketches

consented plans sensitive in sevenoaks

consented drawings

TIMBER FRAME CONCEPTS FOR PLANNING

 

As the conceptual phase developed, we were at a stage when a pre-application enquiry was prepared and submitted to the Local Planning Authority. The reply from the Planners was received in July of 2011 and whilst fairly encouraging, concerns were raised over the scale of the roofscape running north to south and spread of the footprint across the site. With this in mind, an amended scheme was prepared which we were confident would address the Planners concerns without conceding too much, and a full planning application submitted the following December.

After a somewhat lengthy application period, planning permission was granted in the May of 2012.

The contract for the building works was awarded to my company, Oakland Vale Ltd. and is yet another successful project undertaken as a partnering contractor to Oakwrights – ‘Building The Wright Way’.

Works commenced on site in the Autumn of last year and is on schedule for completion as per contract.

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