We are pleased to announce that our Holmwood planning application has been approved. We will be replacing an existing bungalow with a brand-new home which is both highly unique and environmentally conscious.
After a recommendation from one of our clients, we were approached by the owners of Holmwood, who had received a rejection on a previous application to increase the property’s size. They wanted a fresh approach, and so we designed a bespoke piece of architecture to match their needs perfectly. By designing a new house that wasn’t off-the-shelf, we were able to create a home that the council could easily embrace. Whilst the previous application had been rejected owing to a standard limit in these areas of no more than 30% increase in size, we designed the new building intelligently to meet the council’s criteria. Our approved plan not only matched, but exceeded the former request, and we have managed to upgrade the property’s size by almost 100%, from 106m2 to 204m2.
Planning approval on a lot like Holmwood’s marks a truly exciting opportunity for our practice, as its location is incredibly unique, based in the New Forest District Council Open Countryside Area. This site is also a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and is surrounded by lakes, including Blashford, meaning the site resembles an island, yet incurs no risk of floods.
An important reason for the success of our Holmwood planning application is the importance we have placed on sustainability, and building for the future. Thanks to the forward-thinking Parish Council, and their prioritisation of increased sustainability and environmental improvement, this project is testament to the fact that through innovation and foresight, sensitive architectural development can have a positive influence on the environment and the local setting.