New Build & Replacement Dwellings

More often than not replacing your home is acceptable in principle. In these cases our skill is achieving the right home for you. In urban areas key issues will include impact on adjoining properties and character of the street scene. In rural areas key issues will include Green Belt policies and impact on landscape designations such as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Our projects page provides some example schemes. Please contact us to discuss how we can realise your projects potential.

South-East Elevation of 'Burford House' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning.
North-East Elevation of 'Burford House' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning. North-West Elevation of 'Burford House' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning.

Burford House

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

The owners commissioned SJM Planning to work alongside Stephen Langer Architects to create a new dwelling within the grounds of a substantial existing property in the centre of the local village. The land was designated as important open space within the Local Development Framework. A number of schemes were prepared and submitted, both formally and informally to the Council. A Georgian, high quality design was finally chosen by the LPA and consent was granted. The dwelling is now largely complete, and the owners have moved in.

Architect: Stephen Langer Architects

Elevations of 'Lakeview' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning.
Floor Plans of 'Lakeview' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning. Lanscaping Plans of 'Lakeview' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning.

Lakeview

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Tasked with obtaining planning permission, SJM Planning met with the local residents group and successfully negotiated a scheme of five town houses each circa 3,500 sqft. We were able to successfully argue against providing a mix of dwellings on site by demonstrating that such a mix should not be enforced in this location. Working with our arboricultural consultant we positioned the dwellings around the root protection area of the protected trees ensuring that both could exist alongside one another. Our sensitive approach also took into account the location of the properties, adjacent to a conservation area.

Aerial view of 'Walled Garden' in the Wealden District. SJM Planning.
Plans of 'Walled Garden' in the Wealden District. SJM Planning. Hawkes Architecture's early sketch of 'Walled Garden' in the Wealden District. SJM Planning.

Walled Garden

Wealden District Council

The client had previously obtained a CLEUD to reside in former stables on site establishing the principle of residential use. SJM Planning worked in tandem with Hawkes Architecture and Squires Young Landscape Architects to present a scheme to the local authority. The design of the innotive new dwelling took reference from the historical association with Victorian glass houses and former structures. The house also included a rain water harvesting system and a solar PV array, which was incorporated as a design feature to provided south-facing shading.

Architect: Hawkes Architecture

Front Elevation of 'Kippington Rd' in the Sevenoaks District. SJM Planning.
Plans of 'Kippington Rd' in the Sevenoaks District. SJM Planning. Section drawing of 'Kippington Rd' in the Sevenoaks District. SJM Planning.

Kippington Road

Sevenoaks District Council

The client's brief was to extrapolate as much value from the site as possible. Following a refusal of a scheme for two dwellings on site, SJM Planning worked with Acuity Architects to design a contemporary 5500 sq/ft replacement dwelling to sit within this large plot on the exclusive Kippington Road. The permitted scheme makes fantastic use of the site, incorporating modern architecture with quirks such as a sunken courtyard, and large areas of glazing to capture as much sunlight as possible.

Aerial render of 'Four Seasons' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning.
Plans of 'Four Seasons' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning. Aerial landscaping render of 'Four Seasons' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning.

Four Seasons

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

SJM Planning were employed along with CO3 Architects to produce a scheme for a modern replacement dwelling within a rare walled Garden in the Green Belt. A existing 1960's bungalow was replaced with a two-storey contemporary home with an active connection to the walls of the walled garden and incorporating a large basement as well. The resulting dwelling has now been completed, and the applicants are overjoyed at the result.

Front Elevations of 'Green Tiles' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning.
Plans of 'Green Tiles' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning. Rear Elevation of 'Green Tiles' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning.

Green Tiles

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

SJM were retained by the applicants, to seek consent for a large Georgian replacement dwelling within the Green Belt of Speldhurst. Having undertaken pre-application advice, SJM Planning utilised a number of key policy considerations to successfully argue for a large property on the site. Aerial photography was used to help argue the proposed application at Planning Committee. The scheme was designed in conjunction with Stephen Langer Architects.

Architect: Stephen Langer Architects

Front Elevation of 'Hurst' in the Sevenoaks District. SJM Planning.
Rear Elevation of 'Hurst' in the Sevenoaks District. SJM Planning. The original property at 'Hurst' in the Sevenoaks District before planning. SJM Planning.

Hurst

Sevenoaks District Council

Recommended by a former client, SJM Planning were tasked with securing the demolition of an existing 1950's detached property, with a large detached contemporary home designed by Baufritz. SJM Planning worked alongside the architects and approaced Sevenoaks Council informally to agree a scope of the works. The property is an exciting project and works are well underway.

Architect: Baufritz

Elevation render of 'Paygate Cottage' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning.
Aerial site photo of 'Paygate Cottage' plot in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning. Landscaping plans for 'Paygate Cottage' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning.

Paygate Cottage

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

We were approached to put together a scheme for a replacement dwelling on this interesting site. The existing dwelling was a former 1800's toll-house and although not listed, numerous considerations had to take place during the design and planning process. Following pre-application advice, the subsequent application was surprisingly refused at Planning Committee. However, we did not give up, and following a successful Planning Appeal, the clients gained consent for their dream home.

North Elevations of 'Shepherds Lawn' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning.
Plans of 'Shepherds Lawn' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning. South Elevations of 'Shepherds Lawn' in Tunbridge Wells. SJM Planning.

Shepherds Lawn

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Working with local architects and following pre-application advice, SJM Planning were able to successfully argue that a substantial, split level dwelling would not unduly harm the special character of the AONB. Although there were initial concerns from local residents we demonstrated that a contemporary design could fit within the local landscape.

South-West Elevation of 'Oakhill Rd' in the Sevenoaks District. SJM Planning.
Plans of 'Oakhill Rd' in the Sevenoaks District. SJM Planning. North-West Elevation of 'Oakhill Rd' in the Sevenoaks District. SJM Planning.

Oakhill Road

Sevenoaks District Council

Following the preparation and submission of a detailed pre-application enquiry, SJM Planning were successful in obtaining consent for a new dwelling to the rear of two existing properties in a prestigious residential road in Sevenoaks. Amounting to some 4000 sq/ft, the property is split over almost three floors, utilising the existing break in levels and retaining the exclusive feel to the site.

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