New Forest Planning Success
RBA were very pleased to receive planning permission from New Forest District Council last month for an extension and amendments to this cottage in an AONB and Conservation Area.
The project involved the design of both timber clad and contemporary glass box rear extensions to be used as a flexible downstairs space that could be turned into a bedroom in the future if needed. The creation of the new extensions also enabled the introduction of bi-fold doors to improve the connection with the garden, as well as simplifying the roof pitches.
Improving the thermal performance of the house was a priority when considering the design. Solar panels were added to the garage, and additional insulation retrofitted into the existing walls. The glass extension will help the sun to warm the main house in the winter, whilst having horizontal louvres on the south to provide shade in the summer, yet still allowing views of the cottage’s original brick and flint. A roof lantern on the extension and a sky light will have electronic blinds activated by sensor to mitigate any light pollution to the Dark Skies Reserve.
The orientation of the front door will change to face forwards on the front elevation, providing a clear focal point for the house. This returns the front door to its original position, providing a heritage gain to the streetscape and conservation area.
Many thanks to New Forest District Council, whose planning officer was a pleasure to work with.