Parish council approves Dorset extension

Now a residential property, the Old School House in the Dorset village of Puncknowle is presently occupied by a young couple who plan to add to the building with a double-storey extension.

The parish council has officially backed the application, despite conservation concerns from planning officers who feared the structure would be “unduly dominating.”

Approval was originally set to be decided in March but was delayed by the lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus. In a recent online committee, the council green-lit the plans, stating that the requested work would give the building a more modern appearance while also fitting with the natural surroundings.

The proposed alterations for the Old School House on Looke Lane would allow the residents to have a bigger kitchen, new bathroom and an additional bedroom. Commenting on the new building project, Councillor Kate Wheeler said:

“I’m in favour of this. I’m keen to help young couples stay in villages they were brought up in…it’s not really a family home as it is now and it’s never going to be a substantial home.”

Councillor Jean Dunseith added her support, commenting:

“I can’t see that this modest development would really affect the conservation area.”

For UK families that need more space in picturesque places like Puncknowle or, more locally, Knutsford, house extensions can often be an ideal answer. More cost-effective and less disruptive than moving home, a building extension can also add value to a property investment when the time comes to sell.

Posted by Mark
June 8, 2020

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