Works at a large Grade II listed dwelling receive planning consent

— 11 March 2024

We are pleased that planning consent has been granted for the proposed extension works at a large Grade II listed dwelling located in a charming village in Northamptonshire at the edge of Cotswolds.

The main portion of the dwelling, including the former main entrance, dates back to the 17th or early 18th century and runs parallel to the lane on which it is situated. The adjacent buildings linked on the eastern side were added in the early 19th century with subsequent alterations. The most recent additions were made around the year 1999. Our objective was to replace the 1999 extension and enhance the internal layout of the house while creating additional usable space.

This approval follows two applications and numerous iterations. Our initial proposal, a grand two-story extension featuring a master suite on the first floor overlooking the beautifully maintained mature garden, unfortunately, did not receive planning permission. Undeterred, the client alongside us persevered through the planning process, submitting a revised application with a smaller-scale extension that fulfilled our client's requirements. After extensive discussions with the local authority and several iterations, this revised extension was approved.

The new addition reimagines the entrance area, creating a bright and inviting atmosphere that leads seamlessly into the heart of the home. The main space is designated as a combined dayroom and dining area, with the existing kitchen situated on one side. Tall windows on the gable end offer views of the mature terraced garden and fill the space with natural light. Additionally, functional features such as a spacious utility area, shower, and a rear muddy entrance were incorporated. The existing stair tower has been redesigned to open into the first-floor area, eliminating the awkward space it once opened into. A glazed first-floor lobby, overlooking the green roof and extending the ambience of the garden below, promises to make ascending the stairs a more pleasant experience.

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