We have gained planning consent for a range of new-build projects in London and around the country from more modest garden rooms to a new-build mews with a two-storey subterranean basement. Whist we often secure proposals in conservation areas, we also work with rural-based clients looking to gain consent for new-build proposals in the countryside which can be challenging when working in rural planning contexts that can resist new development.
Designing from a blank slate is often attractive for clients since new-build properties are currently exempt from VAT, which makes these schemes more commercially attractive. This is also a great opportunity to integrate energy and carbon efficient technologies, securing longevity and cost effectiveness for our clients. We explore some interesting energy efficient heating technologies suitable for new builds in one of our news articles which may be of interest for your project.
Our most well-known new-build project is North Vat, Dungeness, our award-winning project that replaced an existing fisherman’s cottage with a series of black timber clad structures connecting by glazed links. This has been featured on Grand Designs, Dezeen, the Guardian as well as been awarded a RIBA South East Regional Award 2016.
New Build Planning Consents in London
When working within Central London, many properties will sit within a conservation area. Therefore, careful consideration must be taken with regards to the form and materiality of any new-build proposals in order to be successful at planning and gain consent. We have a growing portfolio of new-build projects within these historically sensitive areas including three in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Some of our consented new-build projects include:
Five Apartments, Kensington: A small luxury development of 5 apartments within a quiet cul-de-sac near Kensington High Street. The scheme takes interprets the language from the neighbouring Arts and Crafts property, crafting a modern response.
New Build Mews: A contemporary new build mews property with a two-storey subterranean basement situated within the Hans Town Conservation Area.
Garden rooms are becoming more popular with greater emphasis on home-working and home gyms. Some designs come under permitted developments rights and do not require planning permission once they meet size and location requirements. However, larger outbuildings may require planning consent. This includes larger structures such as the new garden room outbuilding and extension in Carlyle Conservation Area within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.