An opportunity was identified to redevelop a site within Tattenhall village to provide for rented dwellings including affordable housing. The development included the demolition of a large Edwardian House which had undergone extensive extension and alteration, with a new terrace of 7 dwellings. The Rural Solutions planning team worked closely with an external architectural firm to compile an extensive planning application.

The application met with support from the local community and local planning authority, including the councils conservation and design team who concluded that whilst the building to be demolished had some architectural and historic interest, the proposal would better reveal the significance of this part of the conservation area, with a new development which would create ‘a visually distinct’ development which reinforced the sense of arrival into the village centre and was respectful of the prevailing character.

The design of the replacement terrace of dwellings, gives considerable attention to the heritage of the village to ensure that the design is in keeping with the existing character of the village, and draws upon the architectural style of Clough Williams-Ellis of Portmerion fame, and his historic connection with the village and the Estate.

The development of seven dwellings will be retained by the Estate and form part of their rental portfolio, including two ‘affordable dwellings’ to meet the Council’s affordable housing policy requirements. Rural Solutions were able to negotiate with the council to agree the affordable housing contribution could be delivered as ‘Build to Rent’ units under the definition of ‘affordable houses’ contained within the National Planning Policy Framework.

Imagery courtesy of James Bell Architecture