After acquisition of a vacant site, Gould Singleton worked closely with the client to provide a replacement residential dwelling within the green belt and landscape protection area of Bromsgrove District Council.
The existing dwelling was of a poor structural state with previous extensions lacking in quality and detracting away from the site. The works set out to provide a new, modern residential dwelling that would also make use of renewable and sustainable technologies.
Pre-Application discussions were held with the local planning officer where the principles of the replacement dwelling and design were discussed. It was noted that suitable justification for the removal of the existing dwelling had been achieved allowing consideration for a new dwelling subject to adopted green belt policy.
After reviewing the current building it was accepted that the existing dwelling was in a poor state of repair and would require substantial maintenance. Due to the location of the land in designated green belt area it was recognised that the mass and scale of the replacement dwelling must be similar to that which it would replace.
The new detached four bedroomed family dwelling has a floor area of 307sqm with the height kept to one and a half storeys and reduced eaves height in keeping with the previous mass on the site.
An essential part of the design was to ensure the front active elevation faced Dordale Road with a key central, identifiable entrance.
The elevational appearance utilises high quality through coloured rendered walls, reconstituted slate roof tiles, painted eaves along with feature bay and dormer windows with traditional lead covering. The pallet was selected to reflect that of the building being replaced and similar rendered buildings within the site vicinity.
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