Our first client for this site approached us to gain outline planning permission for residential development on their paddock. The site had already been added into East Staffordshire Borough Councils ‘ SHLA’ (Strategic Housing Land Availability). bi Design worked closely with planning consultants CT Planning to gain outline planning consent for 6 houses.
On grant of approval, our client sold the site to a developer who became our new client. On the basis of the approval for 6 houses, our new client’s brief was to design 6 bespoke properties to make the most of the gateway location of the site.
The rationale behind the design for the houses was to create a historic farm setting for three of the plots which were to be the first visible as you approach Abbott’s Bromley. This was created with the design of a feature farmhouse with two large barn-style buildings. The barns-style buildings offer all the character of a traditional agricultural conversion with the benefits of brand new construction. The remainder of the site had an additional three houses designed which became infill development between the village and the mock farm setting.
While conducting the initial site surveys 6 great crested newts were spotted nearby to the site. Working with the ecologist the scheme was designed to accommodate the newts with a number of newt friendly areas including natural newts habitats with long grass areas and enhancements to the existing pond to attract more Newts.