In a leafy Oxfordshire village, close to the Chiltern hills, stands a barn ripe for conversion! PCMS Design worked with the homeowner to develop plans for the barn to be converted to an ancillary dwelling.
The starting point was to establish the structural integrity of the barn – and therefore its suitability for conversion. Next an ecology survey was commissioned and restrictions around when the work can be carried out were agreed with the local authority to ensure no harm comes to any potential bat roosts.
Care has been taken with the design and materials to make sure the external character and appearance of the barn is preserved, and planning permission has now been granted. When completed, the barn will have a bright and spacious open plan interior, extensive glazing with views and an external dining area.
We have recently secured planning permission from South Oxfordshire District Council for a house extension project in the market town of Thame.
Our client has recently purchased the semi-detached dwelling which is in need of considerable updating and renovation work, both inside and out. The aspiration is to create an extra bedroom and a larger, lighter modern kitchen and living space.
Our design involves removing a small existing single storey extension, and replacing it with a ‘wrap around’ part single and part two storey extension. This not only delivers the required extra bedroom and stylish ground floor living space, but also improves the appearance of the house from the rear garden.
Together with a more general renovation of the dwelling, the extension will transform it into a stunning family home. Our client is going to project manage the build himself, and we look forward with anticipation to seeing the project when completed later this year.
From time to time, we are asked to design residential extensions for clients which fall under permitted development (PD) rules. Householders are permitted to carry out a range of extension projects to their home without first obtaining planning permission, providing the proposed works satisfy a list of rules.
However, in certain cases we advise clients that in order to provide additional reassurance, that they should apply for and obtain a Certificate of Lawful Development from their local authority.
This is a simpler and cheaper process than applying for Planning Permission, and means that should the property be sold in the future, all of the paperwork confirming that the extension is permitted is readily available.
We achieved this recently for a client in Oxfordshire; the proposal involved demolishing a conservatory and replacing it with a single storey rear extension – see 3D visual impression. The local authority agreed and duly issued the Certificate. Our client can now go ahead with the project, reassured that everything complies with permitted development rules.
We can provide lots more advice on how to improve and extend your home.
Thame & District Housing Association is a Registered Social Landlord which provides rented accommodation for people over 60 years of age. Pearce Court in Thame is a very popular residential development with a number of flats and some recreational/shared space. However, over the years it became clear that there was insufficient parking for residents as more people run their own cars, or have visitors arriving by car.
As the Housing Association had already secured planning permission for enlarging the car park, our role was to procure suitable construction firms and then subsequently project manage the works. We also carried out the contract administration.
If you have a similar project that would benefit from some professional management, then we would be very happy to discuss it – you may be surprised at how we can add value and take away a lot of the stresses of construction projects of any kind, not just extensions and new builds
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.
As the extension and improvement project at Chinnor Rugby Football Club that we designed and are managing reaches the half way point, we visited site to see the concrete stairs being installed with the assistance of a mobile crane. Part of the existing roof had to be removed to allow the stairs to be lifted in. This will be replaced shortly, and the extended areas will have aluminium roof sheeting fitted.
Building works have also progressed well on the interior of the building, with both electricians and plumbers busy on the heating pipework, refurbished WCs and the new, larger kitchen.
And whilst all the building work has been going on, the Club has still managed to operate as usual with adult pre-season team training sessions, touch rugby and even the hosting some functions for sponsors and members.
The extension and improvements are due to be completed by September.
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 is delighted that planning permission has been granted by South Oxfordshire District Council for a high profile community project in the Oxfordshire town of Chinnor.
The scheme is to replace an old sports and social pavilion – which is in a very bad state of repair – with a modern purpose built facility. The construction site is on the edge of a large playing field area which has football pitches and tennis courts.
We were very pleased to hear this week that planning permission has been granted by South Oxfordshire District Council for a village hall project in Towersey near Thame.
Towersey Memorial Hall has served the local community as a meeting place and venue for social events since the 1920s. The timber framed main hall has two ‘wings’ dating back to the 1960s
that are in a poor state of repair. PCMS has just secured planning permission for the village hall to replace them using the latest modern building methods and materials. One wing will have a new catering-style kitchen and bar area and the other a cloakroom and WCs to include facilities for disabled people.
John Watson School, which is based a few miles from Oxford in the village of Wheatley, is a community special school that caters for children with Special Educational Needs from the ages of 2 to 19. It has dedicated facilities for children with a range of disabilities, including some with physical impairment.
Members of staff recently approached PCMS to plan and design a quick and cost-effective space reorganisation. They needed a better servery in the dining area; our solution was to design a kitchenette incorporating height-adjustable cabinets, worktop and sink, along with the creation of a new stainless steel serving counter with a roller shutter. Building Control consent has been granted, and the School will be employing a local contractor to complete the works to our design and specification.