Green light awarded to Gloucestershire development

Despite refusing an application for an eco-home project from Grand Designs, Forest of Dean planners have granted approval to a modest one-storey home with three bedrooms.

Sold by Severn Trent water in an auction back in 2018, the property located at the underground Ruardean Hill reservoir was marketed as “rural heaven”, with a suggestion that it had:

“Strong potential for innovative conversion to alternative uses, including Grand Design-style conversion to residential or holiday accommodation use.”

However, when plans were submitted last year for a two-storey environmentally friendly house with a flat roof, they were not accepted. Council planners cited issues with the scale of the roof on a prominent hilltop position, commenting it would have a negative effect on the surrounding countryside and spoil the character of the area.

Architects in Macclesfield, Gloucestershire, and other parts of the UK can help client’s building projects pass the planning application stage using their experience and local knowledge.

A revised plan for a building that does not include a garage and adds a modest extension at ground level instead of a second level has now met with approval. The new scheme also includes a green-minded grassed roof and reduced banks in order to admit a greater amount of light.

The only concerns raised for the project have been from the Ruardean Hill Sports Club. It has asked that a mesh wire fence be raised at the new property to protect it from damage that could be caused by stray cricket balls from the club.

Posted by Mark
July 6, 2020

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