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.
Ruth Reed, director of Green Planning Studio, has just had her latest book launched. The book: “Building in Arcadia: The case for well designed rural development” identifies key barriers to rural development, and how planning applicants (whether householders, developers and landowners), and most particularly their agents who make the applications (architects, landscape architects or planners) can address, and overcome, them.
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 office will be closed from 5:30 pm on Friday, 21 December. The office will be open again on Wednesday, 2 January at 9 am.
Thanks from all of us for your support over the last year. Have a good Christmas and let’s hope 2019 will be a great year for everybody.
Green Planning Studio Ltd will be exhibiting again at the Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show on Saturday the 30th of June and Sunday the 1st of July 2018. Ruth Reed and Ian Leighton will be in attendance to offer Architectural, Design, Renovation and Planning advice on stand S552.
The exhibition takes place at:
In addition, Ian Leighton will be presenting:
“Do I need an Architect? Learn how an architect can help you and what their role involves from concept design to construction detail, to helping obtain quotes and appoint and manage a contractor.”
His presentation will be on Sunday the 1st of July 2018 from 10.30-10.50 in the Master Class theatre.
Advanced Tickets for the show are available here: http://surrey.homebuildingshow.co.uk/tickets until 3pm on the 29th of June.
We hope to see you there.
Ruth Reed joined Andrew Carpenter and talked about her career as an Architect that has spanned public and private practice and the Planning Inspectorate, being the first woman president of the Royal Institute of British Architects where she continues to represent the profession in planning matters.
In this episode, Ruth talks about moving from her background in architecture to planning. Top tips for anyone wanting to gain planning permission and why she loves timber frame so much. “I got into planning to defend the genuinely good.”
The podcast is on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/2-2-how-to-win-planning-permission-ruth-reed-from-green/id1278961345?i=1000395292868&mt=2 but is embedded below for your convenience:
GPS are delighted to announce that Eleanor and Bryn Simmons are the proud parents of baby Asher Vaughan Simmons born 23rd November weighing 6lb 5oz. Both mother and baby are doing well.
After a busy and successful year, Green Planning Studio will return to Birmingham’s NEC from the 11th-15th of October for another instalment of Grand Designs LIVE. We will be offering expert planning and architectural advice specialising in areas of constraint.
Join us in the Grand Build Section at stand B472. We will be available to assist with your enquiries. Ruth and Ian have previously been planning and architectural experts at both the Home Building and Renovating Show and at Grand Designs LIVE in London and in Birmingham.
Our architects designed the houses which sit in generous plots and benefit from views over the Sussex countryside. The houses respect the existing architectural vernacular and have been designed to maximise the development potential of the site.
RIBA past President Ruth Reed and director of Green Planning, appeared on BBC Five Live, Sky News and BBC Newsnight to discuss designing for counter-terrorism following Wednesday’s attack in Westminster. Watch Ruth talking about hardened landscaping here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08k9n91/newsnight-23032017 [starts at 30:49]