Planning approval April 2012
The tight complex of historic cottages and sheds in which this project is located sits in a Conservation Area on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our project replaces a poor quality kitchen extension with an intricate 2-storey addition which provides a kitchen and sitting area with utility and storage facilities in a new cellar. These new spaces are required to better balance the provision of living areas to the four bedrooms upstairs. The roof is carefully composed to minimise the external volume and maximise internal volume, while letting plenty of light deep into the ground floor plan. The low eaves, pitched copper roofs and stacked tile chimney give a fairy tale character, which is also similar in expression to those of the various outbuildings and sheds within the complex.
North Dorset District Council commented in their planning approval that “The proposed development will ensure that the character and appearance of the Conservation Area is preserved whilst the existing landscaping and quality of design are high meaning that it will be sympathetic to this area of the AONB. The character of existing dwellings as well as that of neighbouring dwellings will be preserved and in fact enhanced through this extension of high quality”.
The project is due to start on site in Autumn 2012.