New Country House at Yartleton Lane, May Hill, Gloucestershire
David Jones – Town Planner, Evans Jones LLP (Chair)
Stephen Wadsworth – Landscape Architect
Pegasus Landscape Design
Daniel Gore – Architect, Tyack Architects
Geoff Luxton – Architect, Luxton Architects
Anthony Lewis – Architect, Yiangou Architects LLP
Emma Norgate – Town Planning, Forest of Dean District Council (Planning Officer)
The Architect and Landscape Architect jointly presented the proposal to construct a new country house at Yartleton Lane. The policy basis upon which the proposal relies is Paragraph 55 of the NPPF.
The proposals have been four years in development and any future application will be supported by Detailed Sustainability appraisal, together with other specialist reports dealing with ecology, landscape, trees, access, ground conditions etc. Prior to the meeting the proposal plans and supporting information were made available to view via web-link.
The architects explained that they’ve sought to meet the client’s brief in developing a proposal for a dwelling which is truly outstanding and innovative, helping to raise design standards more generally in rural areas, reflecting the highest standards in architecture.
The initial design concept was to form a building which sat comfortably with the landscape. The architect explained that the concept is based upon a “thumb print” partly embedded into the sloping ground. Surveys indicate that the underlying strata is that of natural stone and as such the material arising from excavation into the hillside will be used to form a rain screen cladding around parts of the building. This will be supplemented with timber cladding, again sourced from the wooded areas on site.
“The concept that has been developed is akin to a thumb print pressed gently into the side of the slope of May Hill. This thumb print creates an elliptical bowl into which the building sits, the oval form of the main building itself also reflecting the dome shaped rock of May Hill”
The habitable accommodation is split into two sections. Firstly the two storey elliptical element containing the main living rooms, this is attached to a tall single storey bedroom block. A separate, detached semi-circular structure is proposed to accommodate ancillary storage for the smallholding. The private garden and car parking would all be contained and screened by the proposed buildings.
It was noted that the plans presented differed from those available upon the website, particularly the south facing elevation of the single storey bedroom block which in its latest iteration indicated a slightly curved length of front elevation.
The landscape architect explained how this site was chosen and how it sat within the landscape. Photo montages were presented illustrating the proposed dwelling from various vantage points both before and after development and before and after proposed new tree planting.
The panel consider that the site is an appropriate location for a modern country dwelling. The overall scale and massing, together with the use of locally sourced materials, are all considered acceptable design responses.
In conclusion, the panel considered that whilst the proposed is ‘close’ to meeting the objectives set out under paragraph 55, it is not quite at a stage whereby the panel would support the development. Subject to specific concerns been satisfactorily addressed the panel considered this would be an appropriate form of development in this location.