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Client: Woodford Architecture and Interiors
New building design by Woodford Architecture and Interiors- credit Archilime Visualisations

Securing Planning in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Building in a sensitive area

The owners of a small holding on the North Cornwall coast needed the support of CEC to create a sustainable design that would meet the challenge of building in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. CEC’s proposals formed an intrinsic part of the successful planning application. The design created a series of natural spaces, restoring woodland and meadow habitats, creating new ecological features and providing a landscape for living in.

Meeting the brief

The original plan by Woodford Architecture and Interiors was to extend and convert the existing buildings to create a new residential property of high quality. However, the location and sensitivity of the site made gaining planning permission challenging, so the architects brought in CEC to support the project. CEC was given the following brief:

  • To create a scheme that increased the ecological diversity of the site
  • The building to be embraced and become an integral part of the landscape
  • The resulting landscape to represent a positive natural and playful contribution to the landscape character of the area

The client also wanted the design and build elements to be highly sustainable.

Delivering a bespoke design

To support the project CEC delivered an ecological survey and report, a Phase 1 and visual bat survey of the farmhouse and outbuildings. We also provided a landscape strategy and master planning, together with Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment.

A woodland management plan was also prepared that would enlarge the woodland on the site and increase the biodiversity, helping the client meet Cornwall Council’s policy requirement for biodiversity enhancement. Ecological information was also fed into the landscape design of the site.

 Winning planning approval

According to lead architect Gavin Woodford, CEC’s work was a key element in securing planning permission for the project. “Our original pre-planning application came back asking for much more detail. Now, thanks to CEC we have created an excellent scheme that really uses the landscape and natural aspects to help enhance the existing buildings and their surroundings. CEC’s input enabled us to create a project which is sensitive to the surroundings, balanced with the property owner’s desire to extend, improve and develop the buildings to create a beautiful, quality home.”

Feedback:

“The work CEC did was absolutely crucial in helping secure planning permission for the project and it has been a great experience to work with the team. They really understood the issues and needs around the sensitivity of the project and how a development can respond beneficially to the key values of the AONB designation.” 

Paula Wilmore - Lead Architect - Wilmore Iles Architects
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