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Planning success in the Green Belt

We are pleased to announce that our proposed scheme on land to the east of Bakeham Lane, Egham for 28 new homes has been approved by Runnymede Borough Council. The application was unanimously approved at Committee last week, with members commending the application on the overall design and quality of the scheme.

Gareth Bristow and Boyer Design Director Nigel Booen, working with Phil Allin and Sean Breslin of Boyer London, have provided architectural and planning services to our client CAB International since 2016. Initially supporting the promotion of the site and then working collaboratively with officers and the consultant team to create a landscape led high quality design response for this site. We have secured permission for the principle of residential development, on previously developed land within the Green belt, with approval on layout, detail and appearance.

The potential for development on the site was heavily constrained by large category A and B trees within the site and along all boundaries. The trees and sloping topography placed restrictions on the amount of development and placing of dwellings within the site. The carefully designed site allowed the retention of the existing landscape setting and mature trees whist creating a series of defined courtyard spaces, framed and terminated with active frontage linked with landscaping.

The architecture reflects the local vernacular and uses a palette of natural materials and traditional design features that blend in with the landscape palette. Fenestration details including lead canopies, tiled porches and bay windows, were developed to achieve a harmony with the surrounding.

The approved organic layout provides for generous landscaping with pedestrian links to the amenity green spaces around. This helps to create a permeable and legible development with a series of spatial experiences that gradually unfold framed by the site’s mature landscaped setting.

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