A Trio of Planning Permissions

 In Architecture, Contemporary, Design, Extension, Listed Building, New build, Planning, Rebuild, Residential, Salisbury, Sustainable, Traditional

RBA are pleased to have received three planning permissions for projects in Wiltshire, Dorset and West Berkshire.

Listed Building Consent

In Dorset, we received listed building consent and full planning permission for alterations to a Grade 2 listed house. Over the years, the building had been extended in a variety of ways, so the new design creates a more coherent look reflecting the style of the original building.  The alterations include a first floor extension and provide extra bedrooms upstairs. This contains a master-bedroom suite with ensuite bathroom and dressing area. Downstairs, a revised layout improves the living space for the family.

The creation of a new driveway to give safer access to the main road was key to the project. Moving the driveway also meant the original front garden to the house could be recreated. Finally, Dorset Council approved the removal of an existing stable block and the construction of a new, timber-clad stable block to the north of the building, together with a new outdoor swimming pool and pool house.

Contemporary Extension

West Berkshire Council granted planning permission for a contemporary extension, garage, pool and pool house at a detached home near Pangbourne. Work involves the partial demolition of the existing house, and the creation of two new extensions. On the ground floor, a single storey extension allows for an internal reconfiguration that will provide better family living. On the first floor, the clients will create a master bedroom suite in the new first floor extension. One existing bedroom will be converted into an ensuite bathroom.

Design-wise, the characteristics of the original house are retained, with gables introduced to balance the elevations. The new extensions will be timber-clad to reflect the rural location of the building. To the rear of the property, a pool house will have an open timber-framed pergola attached to cover the outdoor swimming pool also maximises the connection with the trees beyond.

RBA considered the building’s surroundings throughout the design process. Rooflights in the new extension will have automatic blinds to prevent unnecessary light spill at night. The new garage will have a green roof to increase biodiversity, and soft landscaping will replace existing hardstanding.

Replacement Dwelling

Finally, we obtained permission for a replacement dwelling with detached garaging and outdoor swimming pool in Wiltshire. The project also includes the demolition of a barn and construction of a replacement barn. The new house is a traditional Georgian style, built from local stone. It has three floors, with six bedrooms on the first and second floor. The ground floor consists of an open plan kitchen and living space together with a formal drawing room and separate study. A large entrance hallway will have a minstrel’s gallery that opens up to the first floor. Outdoors, a courtyard garden encloses a new swimming pool, surrounding it with a studio, storage and garage. A wooden pergola provides additional shading on the pool side.

In keeping with RBA’s sustainability ethos, the development also includes solar panels and a battery store to provide an alternative energy source.


Thanks, as ever, to the team at Atlas Planning for their work on two of the three planning permissions. RBA are now starting to identify potential contractors to work on all the projects, and to produce the technical drawings they will need.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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