Extensions to OLD SCHOOLHOUSE, LECKHAMPSTEAD
Following a refusal, MDP were appointed to review the failed submission and prepared and submit a planning application for the demolition of two existing timber single storey structures (a garage and a garden room) and subsequent erection of a large new extension that would link to the main dwelling via a glass tunnel.
The site is located in the edge of the settlement of Leckhampstead in the sensitive landscape of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Old Schoolhouse was originally erected as a Victorian schoolhouse and latterly converted to a residential dwelling. The dwelling has been the subject of some additions and extensions over time, such as a two-storey rear extension and the erection of garage space and a workshop structure. The cumulative impact of the extensions were also part of the reason why the original scheme was refused.
MDP led a team of experts to develop a well thought out design proposal and submitted plans that were sympathetic to the surroundings and beneficial to the area in terms of the standard of design and impact of the build. Importantly, and persuasively MDP included examples of nearby similar extensions and prepared a fall-back PD position to undermine concerns around scale.
The application was approved by the Local Authority and is presently being erected (2020).