We love being based in the beautiful Cotswolds but there are challenges we face as architects in a rural setting. Listed buildings, conservation areas and the AONB all mean that additional permissions need to be obtained.
With both conservation areas and the AONB it is essential that our designs are both sensitive to the surrounding landscape and sympathetic to the existing structure of the original building, maximising views through contemporary extensions and glass links which also combine original features such as oak beams and framework. Creating a separate dwelling which links to an original part of a building of historic importance helps to preserve the original features and stonework whilst also lending a contemporary twist which is sympathetic to its surroundings.
National Parks can also be a challenge in certain rural areas, and they currently have the highest level of planning protection in order to preserve the landscape and it’s unique qualities. As with Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB) status, it is imperative to consider the impact of any planning applications on the character of the existing landscape. Planning approval is needed for extensions, cladding, verandas or balconies, certain raised platforms, curtilage structures, certain roof lights, with materials required to be consistent with the existing materials used in the surrounding area.
There are essentially a much larger number of additional factors that need to be carefully considered in the initial design process before planning is submitted.