PLANNING NEWS – Rural Solutions achieves landmark consent for a NEW country estate in East Hampshire

Wield Wood Estate, rural development, new country estate, east hampshire, rural solutions, estate redevelopmentWe are delighted to share that we have recently achieved planning consent for a new country estate in East Hampshire.


The Estate, which currently comprises of a house, a game rearing business, over 350 acres of land, included within it an area ancient woodland, has received planning consent for a new significantly larger principal residential dwelling to be constructed approximately four times the size of the existing.

Senior Planner and Associate Director, James Ellis worked in collaboration with Planning Officers from East Hampshire District Council from the pre-application stage onwards to provide justification for the size of the new house; the material benefits to the surrounding land and the minimal negative impact to the landscape, deemed to outweigh the policy conflict of this significant size increase. Proposals for the Estate include the protection of the existing ancient woodland and the addition of a further two hectares to it, the construction of a shooting lodge, the introduction of interlinking lakes, the restoration and refurbishment of two gate lodge dwellings intended for employees on the estate and a holistic transition of an area of arable land into landscaped parkland.

The project has taken 18 months of preparation and collaboration with architects Francis Terry & Associates and landscape architect Christian Sweet of Colson Stone Practice, in addition to negotiating ecological constraints. We have also worked hard to ensure a comprehensive strategy of stakeholder engagement was undertaken, hosting planning officers on-site to demonstrate the potential for significant improvements and keeping the local parish council fully informed of the proposals throughout.

James Ellis says, ‘It is very rare that a consent of this nature is possible in the rural environment, so we are naturally delighted to be able to promote what can be achieved with the right team, a considered approach and professional implementation.’

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