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Helping our clients move forward

Posted: 28 November 2020

Fresh Planning Application recently submitted for this project. It’s a fairly large side extension and internal remodel to a traditional stone-built house, located in one of Sheffield’s Conservation Areas. The extension creates an accessible suite of rooms downstairs, suitable for all ages of the family + the remodel forms a more modern open plan Kitchen and Living Space.

The property is located in Broomhill Conservation Area that has an Article 4 Direction in place. This means all Permitted Development rights have been removed by Sheffield City Council. Fairly minor alterations that may be acceptable in other parts of the city need full Planning Permission. To assist with this a Heritage Statement was produced that assesses the Design Strategy and Heritage Impact, together with details on the location, context and history + significant architectural features.

This project is of a traditional, matching in design as this is exactly what the clients wanted but we have some ideas on the interior shapes and colours, that if signed off, may make things a bit more unique.

Just to make life interesting it turns out there is an existing Yorkshire Water drain buried deep in the ground below where we want to build the new extension. Before submitting the Planning Application we made an H4 Consultation with Yorkshire Water to check if the proposals were acceptable in principle before proceeding with the Planning Application. This early stage checking exercise has helped as it shows the proposal may be acceptable although special foundations may be needed to ensure there is no weight directly on top of the drain, as it may break it.

We are also investigating ways to upgrade the thermal efficiency of the existing building but as the existing walls are solid, not cavity walls, the upgrades need to be done slightly differently and sensitively to avoid damaging the building fabric.

Also working closely and collaboratively with Russell & Hutton Fine English Kitchens to create a stunning, handmade timber kitchen. Looking forward to getting this one approved and the next design stage moving forwards.

Random fact – some of the existing skirting boards are knee height, about 450mm high! We probably won’t be getting new custom-made skirtings to match in. Might share a picture of these at some point.

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