Rural Solutions have achieved another successful consent for the residential development of six dwellings in a rural hamlet in the district of West Oxfordshire.
The site, located within a conservation area, consists currently of a redundant farmyard with a number of traditional Cotswold stone barns and modern agricultural buildings.
The proposed scheme includes the clearance of the modern agricultural buildings and the replacement with six new build properties, one of which will incorporate the reuse and conversion of the traditional barns.
Responsible for the project, Associate Director, Shelley Coffey, undertook detailed pre-application engagement activity on the scheme and was able to convince the planning officers of the merits of allowing new build dwellings in this rural location. This helped lead to a smooth and positive outcome for the planning application process.
The proposed layout seeks to replicate that of the former farmyard with small courtyard areas and a generally open character retained across the site. Officers considered that this would enhance and preserve this part of the conservation area.
The application was brought forward under the circumstances of a lack of five-year housing land supply and therefore the ‘presumption in favour of development’ applied.
The scheme also offered an off-site affordable housing contribution as an additional social benefit. A great outcome for the client and council.