Our client wanted some more garaging and a secure place to keep garden machinery and tools whilst also adding a garden studio to the property. As you can see, this was a beautiful rural location where, quite rightly, the local planning authority has stringent rules on what can be accepted when designing a new structure.
Our approach to gaining planning approval for any new building, and particularly those in a rural location, is of collaboration with the relevant planning authorities. If appropriate, we seek to have a pre-application meeting in order to understand fully what will be acceptable in a design and what will not. We have often been in a situation where, initially, planners have appeared to allow very few changes or developments in a countryside setting. However, when we start a dialogue, it becomes clear that with intelligent design which not only takes into account the desires of the client, the impact on neighbouring properties and potential access issues, we can also create something that the planners are willing to accept first time as in this case, continuing our 100% track record!
It is valuable for the client to see just what a design will look like from all angles and in relation to their property and garden nearby. We therefore produce 3D concept drawings showing key features in our proposed design and cost guidance for completing it. We look at where to position the building, in order to not only comply with planning guidelines but also, particularly in the countryside, to make the most of any view available so that you can be inspired in your first floor studio or office and catch a glimpse of the natural landscape beyond.