Walgrave, Northamptonshire – Small scale Residential Development

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Aitchison Raffety were successful in securing planning permission at appeal for the erection of 2 new houses on a parcel of land on the edge of the village of Walgrave. The Council initially refused permission on the grounds that the site lay outside of the village boundary. However, at the appeal it was successfully argued that the site in fact lay within the village, on the grounds that it had residential properties on three sides. Therefore although the site was an agricultural field it was not considered to represent an extension into the countryside beyond the village.

The planning permission was granted for two single storey properties, although no maximum height had been specified in the conditions. The client wanted accommodation on two floors and a scheme was devised with the architects to achieve this within the remit of the outline planning consent. Careful attention to setting the properties into the ground together with reducing their overall height met with approval of the Council despite objections raised by local residents.