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Planning approval for new build dwelling in York

We are delighted to receive planning approval for a new build dwelling in Strensall Conservation Area in York. The approval marks the culmination of a long process for the clients who originally explored options for the site back in 2020. Bramhall Blenkharn Leonard were appointed by the clients in 2022 following a previous refusal by another architect that resulted in a significant number of objections. Our scheme reappraised the significance of the Conservation Area and the proposal overturned local opposition and resulted in a large number of neighbours writing in support of the scheme.

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The location in the heart of the Conservation Area required a highly sensitive approach and we sought a balanced approach between maintaining the original brick garden wall to the site and inserting a lightweight highly glazed clerestory above. The brick gable front in handmade clamp brick is topped with an elegant brick tumbling detail that references key local building details. The contemporary frameless glass oriel window is a contemporary nod to a traditional detail.

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The rear of the property is highly glazed and features a cranked facade that responds to the retained sculptural apple tree.


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We worked with a team of consultants with experience of working in sensitive locations, including The Landscape Agency and CLB Heritage.

The scheme was fully supported by City of York Community and Self-build Officer, who commented:

The references to the Strensall Village Design Statement show that the upmost consideration has been made to ensure that the development will sit comfortably within the existing vernacular while adding positively to the streetscape. In conclusion, as the CYC Community and Self-build Officer I am fully supportive of this proposal.
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The proposal will be designed with a timber frame and very high levels of thermal insulation along with extensive renewables to reduce the impact on the environment.



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