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Park Ave.

New Longton, Preston
Superhome
450 m²
£1,000,000

Situated in an area of Open Countryside and within the South Ribble Greenbelt, approval for this Superhome was achieved through the strategy of gaining Planning-in-Principle (PIP) application for 2no. "Infill" dwellings within the garden area of the existing dwelling.


Permission in Principle is a relatively new route for obtaining planning permission that came into effect on 1st June 2018. Essentially, Permission in Principle is designed to increase the efficiency of the planning process. Current planning applications require a substantial amount of information upfront, even for outline planning permission. Permission in Principle separates the absolute basics of ‘principle of development’ – land use, location and amount of development – from everything else ("technical details"). Via this route, you only need to establish the principle of development once. Then you can go on to apply for approval of the technical details, which will include the appearance of the building and its compliance with local and national policy requirements for space and amenity (outdoor spaces etc). Ultimately, the Permission in Principle route is an alternative way of obtaining planning permission for housing-led development.

Following a successful PIP application we worked closely with Nick and Nicola to design their 'forever home'. Their brief was to create a property that felt like it had been there for a long time, incorporating a 'Georgian theme' to the front and at the rear of the property we were to create a striking contemporary 'extension' to the property. Attention to detail is key to creating an authentic Georgian feel. The overall footprint is 250m2 sitting within a large garden plot.


The clients had a strong brief, with several 'must have' features that helped drive the concept, we produced a 3D walkthrough of the proposed designs so that we could have detailed discussions about how the final design would look and feel. The 3D walkthroughs allowed for a real understanding of the design options, rather than leaving features open to interpretation that can sometimes be the case with traditional 2D Plans.  With larger projects we have several meetings through the concept (brief development) and developed design phases to talk through the designs, refine and prioritise. At the heart of our design philosophy lies a strong commitment to collaboration, and this project epitomises.

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