Mixed reaction to Berkshire countryside extension plans

Plans to construct a two-storey building extension in the Berkshire countryside have raised official concerns that the construction will damage the rural character present in the area.

A planning application has been submitted for a two-level extension in order to replace a single-storey extension to restore a barn. The plans also include partly demolishing an existing outbuilding on the property and creating a distributary channel with a footbridge leading to the nearby River Pang.

The property, known as the River Barn, is situated in the hamlet of Marlston Hermitage in Berkshire. In sight from two footpaths the building is inside an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Opposition to the extension comes from West Berkshire Council’s conservation staff. Officer Debra Inston commented:

“The proposed extension would create a wing that would be out of proportion with the scale and character of this modest dwelling.”

Local consulted however, have been vocal in their support of the extension. Resident Clinton Clay stated:

“The restoration of Mill barn and its waterwheel will, in my opinion, be a benefit for the whole community as a crumbling historic structure — which would otherwise disappear will be brought back to working condition.”

Those planning a house extension in the Wirral, Marlston Hermitage and other rural areas should always consult a professional architect in the area they are building. Architects locally based will understand how to create extension designs that will fit seamlessly with the structure they’re part of as well as the surrounds they’re situated. Expert assistance can allow plans to pass with permission simply and smoothly.

Posted by Mark
February 3, 2020

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