Planning & Design Practice recently gained planning permission for a modern barn conversion within a quiet village in Amber Valley. The barn wasn’t aesthetically pleasing and looked severe within its immediate surroundings, adjacent to the Alderwasley Conservation Area.
We were approached by the client to prepare designs to convert the tired, unattractive breeze block barn into a dwelling that will provide a pleasurable home in an attractive countryside location.
After a brainstorm of ideas and a variety of sketches, it was agreed that the barn should be converted into a 4-bedroom dwelling provided we could extend the barn. However, it became apparent this proposal would not be supported. Therefore, the scheme was amended to create a spacious 3-bedroom dwelling, with a large open plan kitchen, dining and living area. This area will incorporate large openings to make the most of the natural light and also provide the occupants with great views of the surrounding countryside from within their home.
The designs aim to use high-quality materials inside and out, particularly with a timber cladding exterior to keep the agricultural feel, but giving the building a contemporary appearance from any angle it is visible from.
Throughout the application a number of issues were raised, particularly relating to Highway safety and heritage, but we negotiated extensively with the local planning and highway authorities to achieve an acceptable solution for all.
Approval was ultimately granted in February.
Project team: Daryl Sanders, Lindsay Cruddas, Richard Pigott
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