Category Archives: conservation area

Permission Granted for Replacement Barn

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

DSC02433A residential client was recently very pleased to receive planning permission for a new storage barn from Aylesbury Vale District Council. Our client was seeking to demolish an existing old and dilapidated storage barn at the front of their property, close to the roadside, and replace it with a very similar structure to be used as a workshop and also for storage.

Their property is a Grade II listed cottage which is also within a Conservation Area, and so a compelling case had to be made to the local planning authority to demolish what was already there. Our case was aided by the design of the replacement building, which has an enlarged footprint, but also took great care to replicate the style and appearance of the existing ‘rustic’ structure.

Our design met the requirements of the Council’s heritage officer, and planning permission together with Listed Building Consent was granted. Our client is now intending to start works on the new building this Spring.

New Build Project at Southill Lower School

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012


Work has recently started on a new reception classroom project at Southill Lower School, a site which is in a conservation village setting between the towns of Biggleswade and Shefford in Bedfordshire.

The School is very pleased that work has begun, as it has been a long term goal to convert an existing outbuilding in the grounds to serve as teaching space. When we conducted a survey and feasibility study on the old brick building earlier in the year however, it became clear that a conversion project would not be economically viable. So demolition of the existing shed would need to take place first in order to replace it with a new classroom, and we were pleased to oblige with designs and plans.

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New Scout Building Rises from the Ashes

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

When in 2007 fire destroyed the old timber Scout Hut in the Buckinghamshire village of Long Crendon, PCMS was asked by the leaders of 1st Bernwood Forest Scout Group to design and project manage a replacement. Now, exactly 5 years after the blaze that destroyed the hut, the Scout Group has a brand new purpose-designed building to move into.

PCMS first took a detailed brief to develop a user requirement list for the Scout building. The site had various challenges; for instance, there were space limitations due to the small plot and adjoining residential neighbours. Because the site is within a Conservation Area, the support of the Long Crendon Preservation Society and also the Parish Council was crucial, and PCMS helped to enlist support by attending meetings to present the project proposal.

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