Epping Forest replacement dwelling
The approved dwelling (image courtesy of Tony Holt Design)

Epping Forest District Council: Pure Town Planning have recently secured planning permission to demolish an existing dwelling and erect a 3 storey modern dwelling at Loughton in Essex. The approved design represents a substantial departure from the existing house and will dramatically transform this residential site. The existing 1950s house was in desperate need of major refurbishment and is to be replaced with a very contemporary 5 bedroom family home with expansive living spaces, basement cinema/gym facilities and spacious first and second floor bedroom accommodation.

The bespoke design was prepared by architect Tony Holt Design who tailored the scale, layout and appearance of the scheme to fit with the context of the site whilst achieving the high level of floor space set out in the client’s brief. Whilst the resultant property is larger than the existing house on the site, with constant contact with the planning officer at Epping Forest District Council we were able to quickly convince the planners that the proposal was not only acceptable, but a beneficial addition to the Stanmore Way streetscene. Nonetheless, the application was opposed by the Loughton Town Council on the grounds of being out of keeping and visually detrimental to the street. As a result, the application was brought before the Area Planning Subcommittee South to be decided by the Councillors.

Epping Forest replacement dwelling before
The existing house to be replaced

The right result was achieved when the Subcommittee members of Epping Forest District Council reviewed the proposal and subsequently gave their support to the planning officer’s recommendation to approve the scheme. As such, despite the objections form the Loughton Town Council,  the applicant secured the replacement dwelling they desperately needed and the local authority were fully satisfied that the high calibre design safeguarded against any potential impacts of the proposal upon the neighbouring residents and the wider streetscene of Stanmore Way.

If you are experiencing planning difficulties and need a firm of planning consultants to carry your dream family home through the planning system then contact Matt, Dan or Neil in confidence on 01202 585524 or email us at info@puretownplanning.co.uk for a free no obligation planning consultation.