We have this week received confirmation from South Oxfordshire District Council that planners have granted permission for the construction of a larger home extension under their Prior Notification scheme.
Normally, Permitted Development only allows extensions beyond the rear wall of the original dwelling by up to four metres for a detached house, or three metres in any other case.
Temporary relaxation of the Permitted Development rules (from May 2013 to May 2019) applies where the proposed works are limited to a single storey rear extension of a depth between four metres and eight metres for a detached dwelling, or between three metres and six metres for any other type of house (unless you are in a Conservation Area or AONB).
A major advantage of using this service is that it is free of charge, and it also takes a little less time than a Householder planning application (six weeks as opposed to eight). A simple form is completed, and the Local Authority then notifies close neighbours that adjoin the property to give them a chance to comment on the proposal.
If there are no objections, or planners consider that there is no effect upon the amenity of neighbours, then the application will be given permission. Currently, to benefit from these permitted development rights, the extension must be completed on or before 30 May 2019.
For further advice about planning or prior notification applications, do get in touch.
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.
We submitted a full planning application last week to Aylesbury Vale District Council for a new sports and community pavilion in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire. The village is currently a hive of activity, as construction is underway on a couple of residential developments to deliver in the region of 500 new dwellings over the next few years.
Section 106 money from the developers is helping to finance a number of community infrastructure projects, which includes the provision of new sports and community facilities. Haddenham Parish Council appointed us to design and project manage the construction of a pavilion building next to new football pitches.
Our design for the building has taken into account the proximity of new houses, in keeping a low eaves height to the front to reduce the massing of the building. The part green sedum / part standing seam zinc roof has PV panels incorporated into the design. There’s a central glazed lobby space which splits the wings of the building into social and sports. Two changing rooms with showers are included, together with a large function space for indoor sports and activities.
The principle of the pavilion development was established at outline planning stage, but we are hopeful that full planning permission will be granted shortly by the Local Authority so that construction can begin this summer.
We are delighted to announce that PCMS Design has been shortlisted in the 2018 Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Central Region Building Excellence Awards.
We have been nominated in two categories this year – Best Public Service Building for a project to refurbish and extend the National Trust Estate Office at Ashridge Park, and Best Educational Building for our design and construction management of the new pre-school Building at Clophill St Mary’s School in Bedfordshire.
This is our seventh consecutive year of receiving a nomination and our team is really looking forward to attending the black tie Awards Ceremony in Milton Keynes on Friday 25th May. Category winners are put forward to the National LABC Awards ceremony in November.
A client in Buckinghamshire approached us to find out how they could make changes and improvements to their home, and in particular to the staircase which was located within a dark study at the rear of the house. Due to the age of the property there was a very steep and narrow winder stair which was becoming harder to use due to reduced mobility in the client.
The design brief was to create a small extension which was not only sympathetic to the surroundings, but also enabled a straight staircase at the correct pitch to be constructed. Within the design, it was requested to gain as much light as possible, due to the North facing aspect.
We designed a modest 6.5m2 extension which included a level access to the garden by the introduction of a ramp. To maximise the light to the study area, we introduced two Velux conservation grade rooflights. The effect of this has turned a dark area of the house into a bright and welcoming space. The staircase is constructed of oak and has a glass balustrade, again helping to create a sense of space and light. The space beneath the stairs has been turned into useful storage with two sliding drawers and a cupboard.
The external design carefully respects the 19th century rear elevation (the house was originally built as a pub in 1896), using reclaimed roof tiles and bricks to match the existing and window and door details which echo those of the original house.
Our client is thrilled with the result, and would recommend our design services: “Although modest in scale, the alterations have made an enormous difference to our lives. We are very pleased that PCMS Design advised us on how to improve our staircase in such an empathetic way, and we are extremely happy with the outcome, both inside and out.”
We are delighted this month to welcome our new Chartered Architectural Technologist Kathleen Pratt to PCMS Design.
Kathleen has over 30 years’ experience of working within a multi-disciplinary practice, and honed her skills at an architectural firm based in Oxford where she worked on a wide range of health care and educational projects.
We are very pleased that she has joined our team, and look forward to working alongside her on public sector, commercial and residential schemes, where she will play a key role.
“I am delighted to be joining PCMS Design. I have a passion for creating beautiful and functional spaces which meet the needs of the client, and I am also looking forward to being able to contribute proactively, using all my experience to good effect.”
We opened up our office doors last Friday morning to host a Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Colleagues, our closest office neighbours and some of our clients came together to have a chat and to share some delicious cakes and desserts.
Our ‘Guess the Height of the Cake’ competition and generous donations on the morning raised a grand total of £317. This is the third year we have supported the charity and each year the total has grown.
Thank you to everyone for donating cakes and attending the event, and helping to raise a fantastic total for such a good cause!
Last week, we were pleased to be present at the final handover of a residential rear extension to a detached home in Buckinghamshire.
The original brief was to design a space large enough for a full-sized snooker table. We developed a design for a one and a half storey room with glazed doors, applied on behalf of the homeowner for planning permission, assisted with procurement of suitable builders, and then carried out project management of the build.
What we were not expecting upon our final visit was the bold interior design scheme which had been carefully chosen by the homeowner for his new games room. The green snooker table is contrasted by bright red walls, and a very fetching bar, the front of which is apparently clad in the owner’s family tartan! The room has a bright, fun feel – great to entertain and relax in.
An article has just been published in the Spring 2017 edition of Thame Out magazine, talking about our range of services and in particular our design and project management service for those seeking to extend and improve their homes. Contact us for a chat if you have an idea you would like to discuss.
Oxford City Council has this week granted planning permission for a commercial kitchen for one of our business clients.
Taste Tibet is an Oxford-based caterer that produces delicious authentic Tibetan food, which is then sold at regular weekly markets. They also cater for weddings, festivals and private events. Looking to the future, it was apparent that a larger kitchen would be needed to grow the business and expand the range of dishes on offer.
The owners of Taste Tibet initially approached PCMS Design for advice when they found a unit available for rent in the heart of Oxford to the rear of a popular residential street, and thought it had potential to be converted into a kitchen.
After a design process that included researching extraction systems and commercial kitchen appliances, we submitted the application and subsequently kept in touch with the local authority to follow its progress.
Both we and Taste Tibet were delighted to receive planning permission this week, two weeks ahead of the determination deadline. Julie of Taste Tibet said, “This is great news; a million thanks to everyone who has helped us to get this far!”