Traditional cottage reimagined

Traditional cottage

The design process for a planning application to renovate and extend this traditional cottage farmhouse in Threapwood near the village of Alton, Derbyshire began back in 2019. Gaining planning permission in Staffordshire Moorlands District is often challenging, so after five different design schemes were submitted in order to satisfy the Council, both Planning & Design Practice and our clients, the home owners are delighted that planning has finally been granted.

The owners decided to take on Threapwood farm from their relatives, and make it their forever home. The brief was to create an open plan kitchen and dining area, separate living space/snug, a larger main bedroom with ensuite and walk in wardrobe. It was important for the owners to try and retain as much of the existing history and character of the cottage as possible whilst upgrading the cottage to suit more modern standards. Removing an existing white UPVC conservatory and replacing it, was high on this list of improvements.

Whilst the cottage retained its full Permitted Development rights, the proposals could have included a single storey extension up to 8m and a two storey of up to 3m. However, both Planning & Design and the owners felt that this type of extension would not be appropriate to the size and scale of the existing cottage.

The owners also wanted to make use of the existing barn space, which is attached to the main cottage, as extra living space. A separate planning application for this was submitted.

Comprising RTPI Chartered town planners, RIBA Chartered Architects and architectural assistants, plus heritage specialists, our staff bring a wealth of experience from a range of backgrounds and various parts of the UK and Europe.

Our planners have worked in the public & private sectors, and have excellent working relations with Local Planning Authorities. This often proves invaluable and is a key to our success.

Our team of RIBA Chartered Architects and Architectural Assistants have a wealth of experience working with homeowners, developers and the public sector.

With values rooted in friendly service, integrity, teamwork and meeting client’s expectations, we provide honest and sound advice, mediate when required and maintain high professional standards.

For a no obligation consultation to discuss how we can help you achieve your dream forever home, please contact us on 01332 347371 or email

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