Developer/Merton/New Build/Planning Appeal/ Appeal Success in Wimbledon
HEAT’s design for a new family house in Wimbledon was described as a “sensitive design solution” by the appeal inspector in a landmark decision this week. The inspector has overturned the decision of the London Borough of Merton to refuse permission for the demolition and rebuilding of this three storey house. The developer’s case was that the house was in such poor condition that it made a negative contribution to the Conservation Area and they proposed sensitively rebuilding the front facade to match the existing, whilst constructing a new contemporary house behind the facade. The inspector stated that “The appellants’ articulate and well-documented statements submitted with their applications present a convincing case as to why the original dwelling does not make a positive contribution to the CA.” The inspector “saw no evidence to demonstrate that the Council had been willing to enter into constructive dialogue after the applications had been submitted despite the voluminous and credible information it had received and requests to meet”, found that the Council’s behaviour was unreasonable and made a full award of costs on behalf of our clients.
Developer/Listed Building/Merton/ Listed House Transformation
HEAT have gained a remarkable planning consent for the transformation of an eight bedroom Edwardian house in Wimbledon. Whilst at the front this “locally listed” house would remain the same the rear will be completely rebuilt with a huge glazed kitchen extension with panoramic doors that slide down into the floor. A new basement under the house will house a gym lit by sunlight passing through the glass-floored swimming pool over. A gracious cantilevered helical staircase unites the new floors and brings sunlight right down to the basement level.
Permission for this fabulous design was the result of six months detailed work with Merton Council planners who were extremely clear and helpful.