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Bespoke detached dwelling

Conversion of redundant buildings set within clearing of ancient woodland.

At a glance

  • GTH were instructed to provide planning and architectural services to obtain full planning permission for the change of use and conversion of redundant rural buildings to form a bespoke detached dwelling within the clearing of an Ancient Woodland
  • GTH held initial pre-application discussions with the Council to agree the principle of the development and to identify key considerations
  • GTH then appointed a team of specialist consultations to prepare the planning application
  • GTH provided both planning and architectural services to prepare and submit the planning application
  • GTH then worked with the planning officer to secure full planning permission for the proposed development
The Brief

The clients have owned the former sawmill buildings for nearly 20 years. Overtime, the buildings have fallen into disrepair and the time came to find a new use for the buildings. The clients approached GTH to provide planning and architectural services to prepare and submit a full planning application for the change of use and conversion of the buildings to provide a single dwelling.

The Result

The buildings are situated in an isolated location found within the clearing of a replanted Ancient Woodland. GTH held pre-application discussions with the Council to confirm that the principle of the conversion was acceptable under local and national planning policy and to identify key considerations. This was a challenging site having to balance the constraints of the adjoining Ancient Woodland, the impact on ecology (in particular bats) and achieving nutrient neutrality. The planning officer offered in principle support for the proposals and GTH then proceeded to prepare the full planning application. The first step was to appoint a team of specialist consultants to assist with the preparation of the application. GTH’s Senior Architectural Designer prepared the plans for the proposed conversion. The approved plans include the demolition of the middle barn which had partially collapsed and the construction of a new extension to link the two retained buildings. The approved design provides for four bedrooms with a study, boot room and utility room, sitting room and a large kitchen, dining and living area. GTH worked positively with the Planning Officer and the specialist consultant team to secure the full planning approval. This represents a unique opportunity to create a bespoke home within a peaceful woodland setting.

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