Ruth Reed’s book, ‘Building in Arcadia – the case for well-designed rural development’ is one of 4 finalists in the Urban Design Group Book Awards 2020. The judges noted:
This year from a longer list of ten or so books we have selected four, which each distil learning from practice in different ways. Urban Lighting for People merges practical knowledge about lighting design with theory and research, Building in Arcadia documents the design challenges encountered in rurality, Walkable City Rules offers a guide for how to negotiate modal shift and Climax City offers an account of why and how cities are shaped and how we can intervene in them in an interactive way.
Planning has been obtained for a replacement dwelling in the conservation area of Ford, Shropshire. The house is to be built to full Passivhaus standards with photovoltaic panels on the south-facing rear roof. The design echoes the local brick barns with their gable upstands and soft red brick walls, however, the roof and porch will be clad in zinc to blend with the pv panels. The structure will be a twin-panel timber frame on a structural slab supported by piled foundations – necessary because the site is made-up ground.
2019 has been another successful year winning more cases and gaining more planning permissions for a host of diverse sites. As we approach the end of the decade 2020 promises continued growth for us as a practice and many more planning permissions granted for our clients.
Our offices will be closed from 5 pm on the 24th of December 2019 until 9 am on the 2nd of January 2020 inclusively.
Come and visit us on Stand B2 in the Grand Build area at the NEC from the 9th to the 13th of October. We have regularly attended Grand Designs Live at both the NEC and at the Excel in London over the last few years.
Planning is one of the greatest hurdles to overcome for anyone wanting to build a large extension or a new home. Knowing if an application is necessary at all is the first step.
Listed buildings, conservations areas, protected landscapes and green belt can place even more requirements on householders. Applications often can be necessary for even the most modest of extensions and alterations in these areas.
If you do need to apply, understanding the opportunities for development available to you through planning policy, the constraints that you must work within, combined with a well-designed scheme are the key components of success.
However, if your application is refused your dreams are not necessarily over. It is possible that the reasons for refusal could be overcome by changing the scheme and resubmitting it. If the Council has refused your application and it was line with its policies or national planning policy the best course may be to appeal.
To appeal you will need to make a clear case for your scheme quoting planning policies and backing up technical statements with expert reports on matters such as heritage, trees, landscape, flooding, highways and ecology if these have been cited as reasons for refusal.
Green Planning Studio can appraise your scheme and advise on the best options at application and appeal stage. We have a great track record in winning appeals for homeowners in urban and rural areas, keeping client’s dreams on-track to success.
If you have had a planning application refused then lodging an appeal may be an option. Contact us to see if we can help you with a new application or an appeal.
The book focuses on the positive aesthetic role buildings can play in the landscape, and proposes sensitive development. Building in Arcadia also explores the essential economic, social and environmental case for more building in the countryside to make the countryside more viable. It aims to actively engage, challenge and provoke debate – as well as offering practical ways forward.
Our Director, Ruth Reed, led a break out group on Development in Rural Areas and on Green Field Sites at the University of Birmingham last week. The session in the Senate Chamber, chaired by Ruth, was at The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s ‘Better Design for Better Places Conference’ focusing on Building Better, Building Beautiful. The conference looked at the need for better quality design in housing schemes. #designqualityconf