A family in a village to the east of Oxford was extremely pleased this week to receive planning consent from South Oxfordshire District Council for a two storey side extension to their home. Because the house is situated within the Oxford Green Belt, a convincing case had to be made that the scheme complied with current planning policy for development with the Green Belt.
SODC Green Belt planning policy states that an extension should be no greater than 40% of the volume of the original dwelling. As the premises had already been extended to the rear, our design brought the total volume added since first construction to 65%. This is outwith planning policy, and our argument centred on how much the dwelling could potentially be extended using permitted development rights alone. Our convincing explanation, along with a sympathetic design, was accepted by planners.
Once extended, the house will have a new master bedroom and en suite bathroom upstairs and the added benefit of a shower room and utility on the ground floor, creating a more spacious and attractive family home.
A property in Buckinghamshire has been transformed recently by conversion from an uninspiring dormer bungalow into an impressive spacious family home.
Our clients contacted us after purchasing a house in a good village location, but in need of substantial improvement and refurbishment. The house had already been extended at the back, so instead of extending outwards we recommended raising the roof by one metre; our design allowed the awkward rooms in the roof space to be brought back into use as light and spacious bedrooms, with the added feature of an attractive landing and oak staircase.
By designing this modest upwards extension, we minimised the impact on neighbouring properties, and avoided the need to ‘nibble’ into the garden or drive.
The property has been reconfigured downstairs too; there are new bathrooms throughout, a refitted kitchen / breakfast room, separate utility room and study, and the exterior has a more modern sleek look with rendered walls and aluminium windows. Everyone is delighted with the transformation.
Aylesbury Vale District Council recently granted planning permission for three of our residential projects in the space of a week.
Two of our clients live next door to each other in a pair of semi-detached dwellings. We advised that it can sometimes be easier to apply for permission to carry out construction works together. In this case, permission was given for both to construct a two storey rear extension to their homes, larger than they could have achieved independently. There should be cost savings available if both appoint the same builders to carry out the extension works simultaneously.
Our third residential client located near our office in Haddenham would like to build a modest single storey rear extension and also convert their garage with a view to creating a larger kitchen / breakfast room. Planning permission was granted 10 days ahead of the deadline, and everyone is very pleased to have received consent so quickly.
We are very pleased that Aylesbury Vale District Council has granted planning permission for a rear extension to a dwelling in a Buckinghamshire village particularly as the consent was received early, 10 days before the determination deadline.
Our client has an aspiration to improve the staircase in his home because it has a difficult and narrow turn making access to the first floor problematic. Unfortunately there is little scope to change the staircase without building outwards slightly, due to the orientation of the stairs and lack of internal space. Our solution was to design a modest rear extension with internal structural alterations in order to provide a staircase with a single run. The opportunity will be taken to improve the appearance of the rear elevation at the same time.
Prior to construction taking place, we are assisting our client to obtain consent from Thames Water for a Minor Diversion agreement so they can re-route a drain in the back garden. Work now begins on the construction drawings and specification of works, so that builders can quote for the project.
Good progress has been made this summer on a residential construction project in the Buckinghamshire village of Haddenham – just down the road from our office.
Our clients had aspirations to change the internal living spaces of their home, and also felt that the style of the house was dated. They asked for our advice and suggestions for making wholescale improvements. After some concept work, we were able to suggest raising the roof by one metre to create a spacious first floor to accommodate three new double bedrooms. Dormer windows help to provide natural light to the upper storey. The ground floor will also be transformed with wide bi-fold doors in the rear elevation, and a large kitchen/dining room to the front.
The build, which has been undertaken by local construction firm Eclipse Building Contracts Ltd, is now well over half way and the impression of a spacious dwelling with a more modern appearance is already evident.
One of our local Buckinghamshire clients was very pleased last week to have planning permission granted by Aylesbury Vale District Council for a new rear extension to his home.
The proposal includes the demolition of an existing conservatory, and its replacement with a single storey 44m2 permanent build extension; this will enable the internal living spaces to be modestly reconfigured, and allow extra space for a family room.
Our design includes red rustic brick elevations and a pitched roof to match the existing house, and glazed bi-fold doors to allow easy access to the garden.
Our client has asked us to move quickly on to the next stage which is to prepare drawings for construction together with a specification of works, so that local builders can prepare an estimate. We look forward to assisting in this process, and to seeing the extension take shape.
We are very pleased to have secured Householder Planning Permission from Aylesbury Vale District Council for extensive alterations to a bungalow. Based in the rural hamlet of Easington, the dwelling sits in a prominent position with stunning views over the Vale of Aylesbury.
Our client had aspirations to substantially improve the internal spaces, and in particular to add a first floor to the dwelling. This will create space for 3 bedrooms, an en-suite and a family bathroom, and allow the ground floor to be reconfigured to create larger and more practical rooms and living spaces. Some of the internal walls will be removed to create a large lounge / hallway area with a new set of stairs leading up to the first floor.
Plans also detail a substantial revamp of the external appearance to include a pale rendered finish on the central section and two timber clad ‘wings’. New dormer windows enhance the attractive design.
It is hoped that construction work on the project will start shortly.
On 30th May 2013 the Government brought in amended planning legislation, for a temporary three year period, which relaxes the permitted development rules for certain types of extension.
A notable feature of this relaxation is that homeowners are now allowed to build larger single-storey extensions to their houses without obtaining full planning consent. In summary, if you live in a semi-detached or terraced property, you can build out by 6 metres from the original rear wall of the house, and if your house is detached you can build out by 8 metres, subject to certain constraints. Different rules apply in Conservation Areas.
PCMS is very pleased to have secured Listed Building Consent and Planning Permission for a pretty thatched cottage in the centre of Thame, Oxfordshire. Working as the designer for a local construction firm, we have produced plans for a new rear single storey extension and conservatory.
PCMS are very excited to be appearing in Sarah Beeny’s new Channel 4 property show Double your House for Half the Money. The episode of the series, to be screened on Tuesday 18th September, features the story of how a family set about creating their perfect family home in the village of Easington, near Long Crendon in Buckinghamshire.
Their late 19th century farm workers cottage was in a fantastic rural location, but was much smaller than required for the growing Croft-Baker family. PCMS stepped in to project manage the build which includes a rear extension, side extension and extensive internal alterations. The number of bedrooms was doubled to four, a family bathroom and large new en suite was installed and a large and flexible kitchen / dining / living space was created by extending to the side of the house.