Detached Dwelling World Heritage Site


The site for this contemporary detached dwelling was heavily constrained, both by physical restrictions and planning policies. Located between a main trunk road and a riverbank in one direction, and between a traditional small residential cottage and a large mill complex in the other direction, issues of flooding, building height, access and contaminated land all needed to be overcome. In addition to the physical constraints, the site is located within a World Heritage Site, and adjacent to a designated SSSI and SAC site.

A contemporary approach was taken to blend the shapes, forms and details of the industrial buildings with the more domestic character and smaller scale of a dwelling. Initially the LPA did not like the proposals, however we were able to initially persuade the Conservation Officer who ultimately supported the application, and following that the Planning Officer also supported the scheme. The proposals were approved by the planning committee.