Borough of Poole: Last week Pure Town Planning secured planning permission for a large (6000 sqft) timber frame detached dwelling in the prestigious Branksome Park area in Poole.

The house originally located on the site had been demolished as part of a previously approved highly contemporary replacement house scheme. That ultra-modern design of the approved house was too contemporary for the new owner’s liking. Pure Town Planning were asked to prepare, submit and manage a revised application for a more traditional timber framed approach (as per the image below).

Image courtesy of Oakmasters
Image courtesy of Oakmasters

The principal issues for consideration by the Council in this case related to:- The impact on the character of the area and the Branksome Park Conservation Area, the impact on the amenities of neighbouring properties and the impact on the numerous protected trees on the site. Pure Town Planning prepared a comprehensive Design, Access, Planning and Heritage Statement which demonstrated that the proposed house would sit comfortably within the plot and the design of the proposed house would enhance the setting and preserve the character of the area. The Council’s appointed planning officer and her urban design officer considered that the “height, bulk, scale and mass of the proposed building and the proposed garage would be in keeping with other properties in the area, and given the siting set back from the road and the landscape to the front of the site, it would respect the character of the street scene”.

In terms of the internal layout, the habitable rooms would be laid out over two ‘wings’ either side of a grand entrance hall. The ground floor of the dwelling would feature a cloakroom, dining room, living room, kitchen/breakfast bar room, family area, plant room and a linked garden. On the upper floor there would be four ensuite double bedrooms, with bedroom one featuring a rear balcony. Planning was approved under delegated powers within the statutory 8 week time frame.

If you are planning a “Grand Design” of your own and would like a firm of planning consultants to push your dream home through the planning system, then please do not hesitate to contact Pure Town Planning to find out how we can help you.