Subdivision and conquer


In partnership with Davey Stone Associates Planning & Design Practice have secured planning permission for the subdivision of a house to form two apartments in Cawthorne, South Yorkshire.

The site is located within the village of Cawthorne, a village surrounded by countryside and is largely within a conservation area. Due to this designation, it was important to maintain the appearance of the dwelling in order to preserve the character of the conservation area. This meant that careful consideration was given to ensure that the design, layout and alterations to the dwelling was in keeping with the character of the conservation area and the surrounding area.

The proposed external alterations were kept to a minimum, with only a new rear door being proposed in place of a window. The majority of the alterations were internal, in order to subdivide the dwelling into two apartments. A new off-street parking space was also proposed to the rear, and each new apartment will benefit from private outdoor amenity space. The conversion of the existing property into two apartments will secure its long-term future and prevent further deterioration, on the basis that it is likely easier to rent out due to there being a greater demand for flats than for a large property with no garden.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out what considerations should be taken when a proposals effect a heritage asset. Paragraph 208 states that when proposals will lead to less than substantial harm, this harm should be weighed against the public benefits of the proposal. As the proposals would result in little harm to the conservation area, it was considered to be acceptable and planning permission was granted.

Planning & Design Practice Ltd is a multi-disciplinary team of Chartered Town Planners, Architects, Architectural Assistants and Heritage Specialists. Gaining planning permission is a key step in almost any development. We can take a project through from inception to completion, but we also offer the flexibility to engage a client’s own architects and provide a planning service, whilst our design team can also work with clients who have engaged other town planning professionals.

Planning & Design Practice Ltd are well versed in researching and understanding local Council’s policies to ensure the best possible case if put forward for our clients.

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