Lets be upfront – we were not involved in this project in London (though we have worked as planners jointly with the architects with similar success). The site is incredibly small and long, and backed onto by established family housing on one side – not exactly prime development land to 95% of buyers. Planning permission was attempted several times and refused each time. Then in stepped Peter Barber Architects with a more radical approach, but also a pragmatic one, all of which is bolstered by high quality design and, the use of high quality but simple materials such as replacement granite setts to the access way, and a sloping green roof facing neighbouring houses. Clearly a bespoke and innovative approach, but one where creativity won the day.
It’s an approach we strongly advocate at Orbis for the appropriate sites. Many’s the time we’ve recognised that an exemplar design will help greatly in overcoming perceived planning and neighbour issues, getting planners and urban designers on board. If you have a difficult site, or just one where a little extra might be required, get in touch with us at orbis town planning – the planning and development specialists.