We are delighted to have obtained planning permission for a residential development in the Leicestershire countryside. Architectural designs provide a contemporary response to a sensitive historic setting in the vicinity of two Grade I listed buildings. The eighth architects to have put forward proposals to the local planning authority, Gluckman Smith’s design was developed via successful consultation with Historic England. Where three poorly constructed estate cottages currently exist, a large house with underground parking and a cottage will sit comfortably in the setting of a highly attractive sloping walled garden with views over historic parkland.
The designs for a new house along the north wall of this walled garden entail the removal of a large amount of ad hoc twentieth century buildings which currently serve to detract from an appreciation of the attractive landscape. A new house of approximately 6,000sqft incorporates a refurbished former Gardener’s Cottage located on the central axis of the garden. Single storey reception spaces are housed within the walled garden to establish a direct link to the gardens. A two storey structure sits respectfully behind the historic garden walls with accommodation and living space arranged to form a link across to the Gardener’s Cottage. A combination of carefully selected bricks and bronze roofing is proposed for new structures to provide a material palette which works with the existing garden walls.