Owlshurst in Kingswood, Surrey
The Planning and Architecture teams worked together on this project, demolishing the existing dwelling on the site and replacing it with a much improved, luxury, bespoke family home. Due to the ambition and scale of the project, the Planning Team took it to pre-application with Reigate and Banstead Council before submitting the planning application. The site is in The Warren and The Glade Residential Area of Special Character (RASC) which added to the difficulty of gaining permission, as houses in this area need to uphold the high standard of design quality and be in-keeping with the character of the area. Planning permission was granted and the old house demolished, with a stunning six bedroom house built in its place.
The pre-application process allows for the Council to pass comments about the principle of development and how to proposal can be improved for increased likelihood of granted permission, without receiving a planning refusal. In this case, the Council advised to scale down the size of the building as to respect the boundaries and so that the size of the house was not imposing to its neighbours. The character of The Warren and The Glade RASC is typified by large detached properties set on large plots, giving plenty of space between houses which creates a semi-rural feel on the outskirts of the centre of Kingswood Village.