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Snap It, Send It – Free Planning Advice

Have you ever wondered if a building, structure, silo, tank, pit, paddock, stable or parcel of land has planning potential?

George F. White is offering a free initial consultation. We will review the land or building and identify any appropriate opportunities.
All you need to do is follow the steps below and one of our Planning, Architecture and Development team will contact you to discuss the site.

  • Using your smartphone, take a photo of the building or piece of land, more if you think it will help
  • Email the images to craigross@georgefwhite.co.uk along with the location of the site and your contact details

Completely free of charge and without obligation we ‘ll review the site to identify any opportunities and give you a call to discuss the site and provide our recommendations and advice.

If you want to know more please contact:

Craig Ross
Partner, Planning Consultant
01665 600163 / 07808 761908

Planning Permission: High Quality and Contemporary Dwellings

Two, high quality and contemporary dwellings have been granted planning permission on a sensitive conservation site in Iveston, County Durham despite initial resistance from the local council.

The planning officer’s report stated: “It is considered reasonable to accept high quality design and an exemplar process of design development as public benefits in this case as elements from which others could learn.”

Planning Permission

The contemporary dwellings are to be built on land adjacent to the Iveston Conservation Area, and therefore required a specialist consultancy with a combined planning and architectural expertise that could help them through each stage of the planning approval process as obtaining planning permission was no mean feat.

Talking about the project, Kevin Ayrton, Senior Planning Consultant at George F. White, said: “The site presented several challenges for our planning and architecture teams, namely the sensitive nature of the site itself as it sits adjacent to the Iveston conservation area as well as sitting on the edge of a settlement. Despite initial reservations from Durham County Council, we put together our planning and architectural skills and resource to provide strategic definition, design and direction and we are pleased to have been granted permission for the two dwellings. Whilst the planning officer retained concerns with the principle, Durham County Council recognised the high quality design being proposed; ultimately this outweighed the conflict with policy.”

The purpose of a conservation area is to protect and enhance areas of special architectural or historic interest, making it notoriously complicated to seek planning permission for new build properties. Those looking to build in a conservation area are generally worried that they will be forced to produce something in line with the design traditions of their surroundings.

The projects lead Architect and Head of Architecture at George F. White, Hunter Hardy, said: “Contemporary new builds in a conservation area are not impossible to achieve they simply take more time to negotiate and generally, it is a question of quality not overall design. In this case, I have been working closely with the conservation officer at Durham County Council to produce a modern design that was sympathetic to its surroundings. Of course, compromise from both parties has been the key to the sites success, however, all parties are thrilled with the outcome and we look forward to seeing the build progress.”

For more information about achieving planning permission in a sensitive area, please contact your local planning, architecture and development team:

Northumberland and Borders – Stephanie Linnell
Tyne and Wear – Richard Garland
County Durham – Naomi Teasdale
Yorkshire – Kevin Ayrton

Love Architecture

The Royal Institute of British Architects through their ‘Love Architecture’ program has joined forces with Heritage Open Days as part of a program celebrating and promoting local history, culture and architecture. From 10 to 13 September 2015, thousands of volunteers across England will invite members of the public to visit locations throughout the country. Love Architecture joins Heritage Open Days this year to tell the architectural story of buildings – past, present and future, through a series of interpretation boards, talks, architect-led tours and special events taking place across the four-day festival.

For more information about the festival please click here.

George F. White have their own in house architectural team who operate both regionally and nationally assisting clients across residential, commercial, industrial, leisure and rural sectors. The team led by Hunter Hardy, who is assisted by Rob Seward, dependant on the scale and value of the project is able to provide a full RIBA Plan of Work professional service and or a drawing office service for smaller one off projects as appropriate.

If you would like to contact our Architectural team please call 01677 425301 or visit the team profiles below:

Hunter Hardy Profile

Rob Seward Profile