When it feels right
The time had come to review the revised plans – would what we had proposed work? A resounding ‘yes’ is the answer. The design is just right!
Our proposal of a single storey property feels more in keeping with the overall approach we are taking and it should be viewed far more sympathetically by the council.
The design of the property will be that of a low-impact, contemporary dwelling with a gently sloping planted roof. This will mean the aspect onto the property from neighbouring ones is not unpleasant, and should in fact enhance their view from the derelict site they see currently.
We have had to be little creative with getting light into the property but with our use of south facing glazing and skylights has meant no overlooking issues but with allowing more light into the property that a standard dwelling! Overall though it is a simple design of bathroom, 1 double and 1 single bedroom and open plan living/kitchen/dining room.
The compromise is we lose a second double bedroom but other proportions in the property do not feel restricted. We all agree that this is the best design for the site and the one we are happy to present to the council.
The main issue we imagine that the council will have is the site coverage. Ie. Given that the plot is quite small the footprint of the property takes up a large proportion of the total plot, leaving very little garden space.
Although there are green spaces close by this could be the no. 1 issue. It is difficult to find specific percentage guidelines provided by the council as part of their Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) so hence difficult to predict their view of this.
On calculation we determine that the floor plan covers 56% of the site which is actually better than I had anticipated, so we will see…
This is one of the reasons to pay our money and have a pre-planning meeting with the council to determine if this or any other issue is large enough in the their view to prevent a successful application.
All that is left now is preparing our documentation for this meeting. This includes a site plan, elevations and drawings. As this site is very unique we have tried to put together some examples of other ‘infill’ sites where council have allowed planning and hence there is a precedent. Unfortunately we are yet able to find any in the same borough as our plot. This planning process may not be a smooth ride so anything we can put our hands on to help with our case is well worthwhile.
We give ourselves a couple of weeks to bring al this together and email to the council for an appointment. We will also present a Design & Access statement which is not normally required until a planning application is made but we feel doing so could give council a better understanding of the site and our plans sooner.
We will next update after our meeting with the council… fingers crossed.
Until then here is a look at our draft plans….