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DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENT (Proposed Dwelling to replace B1 Light Industrial Unit at Green Barn Adjacent to Hawford Grange, Chatley Lane, Ombersley)


‘Very occasionally, the exceptional quality and innovative nature of the design of a proposed, isolated new house may provide this special justification for granting planning permission. [It] should be truly outstanding and ground-breaking, for example in its use of materials, methods of construction or its contribution to protecting and enhancing the environment, so helping to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas. The value of such a building will be found in its reflection of the highest standards in contemporary architecture, the significant enhancement of its immediate setting and its sensitivity to the‌ characteristics of the local area.’

This project is unique in many ways; one being that the house will be visible, which is unlike most PPS7 houses, which are often tucked away in obscure places and some even being partly underground. This house will be seen by thousands everyday as it is visible from the A449, one of the main Worcestershire trunk roads Design is subjective love it or hate it, but it should always be thought provoking. This building is much more than just outstanding architecture, it has a deep meaningful concept that encompasses everything that is important to every living thing. The project has used ground breaking innovation that has been finely tuned to bring the ultimate in energy efficiency, better than Passivhaus standard. Even more outstanding for any development is that the ecology of the site will be improved by 100% and is fully supported by the local community.


CONTENTS 1. Design 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4

Design Process Design Concept Building Mass Light Pollution

2. Sustainability 2.1 Building Innovation 2.2 Timber 2.3 Windows 2.4 Render System 2.5 Wildflower Roof 2.6 Building Energy Performance 2.7 Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficient Systems 2.8 Mechanical Ventilation & Heat Recovery System 2.9 Hot Water System 2.10 Photovoltaic Panels 2.11 Thermal Solar 2.12 Water Recycling and Management 2.13 Phase Change Materials 2.14 Log Burner 2.15 Access to Amenities 2.16 Flooding

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White Goods Cycle Storage Drying Space Composting Area External Lighting Security Lighting Internal Lighting Life Home Paint Finishes Natural Day Light Solar Control Thermal Mass Recycling of the Existing Building

3. Biodiversity and Ecology 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Scheme and Layout 3.3 Species Consideration 3.4 Ecology Report

4. Dimensions 5. Site Analyses 6. Consultation and Involvement

7. Assessment 7.1 Local Surroundings 7.2 The Site 7.3 Social and Economic Factors 7.4 Planning Policy Consideration 7.5 Material Consideration 8. Highways 9. Background Information 10. Access and Services 10.1 Access 10.2 Services

11. Applicants Working from Home 11.1 Applicants justification 12. Back Cover 13. Blank Page


14. Appendices 14.1 Committee Report (previous application) 14.2 Letter from Rebecca Taylor’s employer 14.3 Quotation for repair of existing building 14.4 Quotation for the passing bay 14.5 Letter from local residents opposing the passing bay 14.6 Letters of support from local residents 14.7 14.8 14.9 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13

Images of existing Letters regarding sale G Herbert Banks Front page of Evening News Travel Times using public transport from WR3 7SG Travel times using public transport from WR3 7SG Travel times using public transport from WR3 7SG Specific Animal Associations.

14.14 Water Use for proposed house. 14.15 Hawford Ecological survey and CSH assessment


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1.1 Design process

The PPS7 provision itself is recognition nationally of a greater interest in modern design and responsiveness to the need to express 21st century architecture without remaining tied to traditional designs. Often the only option in rural areas.

outstanding, ground-breaking and would significantly enhance the immediate setting. The downside was that the clients felt it wasn’t sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area and the ecology side required more consideration. In addition the concept of the design was not as strong as they had hoped and was not sensitive enough to the local area. st

Image set of the 1 design by Gordon Clark.

Design should have its own identity, it cannot be conceived in isolation since identity is a mere comparison with what is immediately around it. The project design has progressed though three Architects over a period of 2 years. The most interesting design was explored by Gordon Clark Architects. They were selected for their organic approach to architecture. Their approach fitted in with the clients brief who wanted a family home which was kind to the environment, encouraged nature to the site and a design that moved away from the ‘eco box’. In essence a family home that fitted naturally into the landscape with a sense of place but without dominating it. After around 6 months of consultation with the clients and Wychavon District Council planners a design was put forward. The clients liked the design and it was truly

Front view (west)

Rear View (east)

From the consultation process it was clear that the planners really liked the way nature had been given great consideration on the redevelopment of the site. This has been developed much further to include the design of the building and landscape which have a strong link to nature though a mathematical formula found throughout the natural world. Land form, building mass, landscape mass and energy studies have been carried to aid the design and orientation of the proposed building. Solar, wind and rain analysis from the last 20 years have been used which is a very important factor when designing a truly sustainable building. A building that is over specified with mechanical eco products is just has harmful to the environment as a building with nothing at all. This is due to the embodied energy needed to manufacture, transport products and the ability for recycling at the end of their life. This would mean that you could never save or offset the Co2 needed to produce the product in the first place. Using a colour pallet of materials found in the hamlet the new building will be harmonious with the landscape around it.

Side view (north)

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1.2 Design Concept.

Nature is the fundamental inspiration of organic architecture. This building concept is seen as an organism and ‘humans are part of nature and not above her’. The design focused on the juxtaposition between man and nature, not one of man versus nature but a harmonious relationship between the two. There was a strong focus on the reduction of human impact on the environment and wildlife habitats. The materials used in this project needed to be healthy, ecologically sound and resourced responsibly. Very few green projects can demonstrate that they go beyond the ‘eco bling’. The word ‘sustainability’ being over used in the building trade. It seems to mean nothing more than a few solar panels and a little more insulation in many cases. This project has the ‘bling’ but also explores a much deeper the concept of nature as a form. One of the most powerful and widespread natural mathematical laws is the Fibonacci series named after Leonardo Fibonacci a medieval Italian mathematician. It is the infinite number sequence 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 and so on, where each new number is generated by the sum of the two preceding numbers. These numbers and this sequence appear everywhere in nature, from the leaf arrangement in plants, to the pattern of the

florets of a flower, the bracts of a pinecone, nautilus shells or the scales of a pineapple. More information regarding the Fibonacci Series can be found http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibonacci_number at: U

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The Fibonacci numbers are therefore applicable to the growth of every living thing, including a single cell, a grain of wheat to a hive of bees. This building and landscape form follows these rules, numbers and sequence. Two Fibonacci spirals were used to create the outline of the building and landscape. Two key symbolic elements of the building that follow the Fibonacci code are: •

The Nautilus; - which is over 500 million year old existing before fish, dinosaurs or mammals being symbolic to the project though nature being able to adapt to its surrounding and needs. Something that humans have still yet to master.

The bee; - the Fibonacci code is encoded in the ancestry of the male bee and is symbolic to the biodiversity the site will bring. Global bee populations are in decline, a worrying fact when one third of all the foods we eat are pollinated by them.

A Bee’s eye magnified, used to create the glass panels at the front of the building.

Fibonacci spiral produced using the infinite number sequence.

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The image below shows how the sequence has been used to create the building and landscape. The start of the blue line is the entrance to the site representing the start of the concept and architectural journey. At the end of the blue line is a single tree which will protect the house from the strong summer sun being just one of the elements in the design showing how man and nature work in this project in a harmonious way.

This strong design concept when viewed from above is very clear; possible with satellite imagery from any computer or mobile device. Number sequences have been used for detailing throughout the building’s exterior and interior. This has also been used in the formal parts of the landscaping design, for example planting areas are the exact size of the numbers found in the code.

The glass panels at the front of the house are based on bee’s eyes when magnified. From the inside looking out to the world and from outside it draws the viewer into the ever changing landscape. This connection to bees is carried throughout to human food sources in the form of honey comb planters growing vegetables and herbs. The bee eye glass panels are made from 80% reflective glass which will mirror the changing landscape around them. The organic feel of the house is very clear from the front aspect, the bee eye panels with the cladding above looking like the bees antenna. If turned upside down this aspect becomes two eyes and a nose and brings the concept of man and nature to the building in a playful way.

Burnt Larch Cladding detail uses the code from the Fibonacci sequence. 1+1+2+3+5+8+13 The first seven numbers added together to create the space, 33mm Red: Building outline. Blue: Landscape outline

The numbers 21,34,55,89 and 144 are used for the dimensions of the planks.

There are no entrance doors are visible from the front view adding mystery to the building, Moving forward and standing in the middle of the drive at every coordinal point of the compass is a tree bringing all the elements together. Entering into the passage the two entrance doors are revealed, at this point there is a real diversity of all the senses, coming from a space with open views into an enclosed space

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of manmade materials and a framed view of the calling calm space beyond.

Walking through the space into the calm you are hit with open space surrounded by nature. The glass wall to the left reflects the landscape, the man made centre spine wall that runs though the building ends at a water feature which reflects light on to it. The sound of water is a real contrast to the drown of the A449 at the front of the building. The second Fibonacci spiral continues around the building bordering the manmade landscape to the natural landscape beyond.

The organic aesthetic quality of the front of the building with its curves is enhanced by the counterpart of the linear grid arrangement of the rear of the building. With it being 80% glass it is not only needed for practical reasons for solar gain but the use of glass reflects the landscape keeping the building connected to its surroundings. This connection is also felt from inside the building allowing open views of the landscape and sky. Design consideration has been given to the houses in the hamlet. Many are of white render and also there is a 16th century listed home and listed Dovecote. The proposed new dwelling has encompassed the materials and colour palette of existing properties in order that it was sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area. The materials have been used in a modern context to make sure the house had its own identity and could easily be recognised as being 21st Century without being out of place.

Listed 16th century house – Haford House

The Dovecote

The proposed new dwelling has been designed with an off white render finish that is made from lime and recycled glass. This will give the building a defused light reflective surface which will add subtle coloured tints to the building, changing with the seasons and the landscape around it. Burnt larch as been chosen for cladding, it not only adds visual interest at the front of the house but acts as a wind buffer for the nest boxes behind it. Burning larch is a traditional Japanese method. The process encourages the resins in the wood (cellulose) to seep out and become a natural weather proof lacquer. The carbon facade detracts insects and the nature of the burning results in fire-retarding. This produces a super stainable material with a beautiful rich dark colour very similar to the oak found on the oak framed buildings in the hamlet. It never needs any chemical

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treatment, an important consideration for the nesting wildlife behind it. This dark natural wood finish and the curve around the house give it a very modern look, but more importantly helps tie the house to the local area. The open space in the middle of the building is designed to add separation between the place of work (office) and home. This is also a stunning view point from the entrance of the site allowing the viewer to see the Silver Birch tree and the countryside beyond. The Silver Birch tree also has a function which acts as a natural shade in the summer months. In the winter months when the leaves have dropped it allows the low lying winter sun to penetrate into the house warming the stone floors creating thermal mass. U

1.3 Building mass

Careful consideration has been given to the mass of the building and how it fitted within the landscape and the buildings around it. It was required to be visibly exciting and thought provoking but still have a sense of place in its setting without shouting ‘here I am’. The proposed building will be same height as the buildings around it, allowing an extra six

hundred and seventy five cubic square metres of open sky to be seen, compared to what is there now. The careful use of materials and massing of the building will make the proposed building fit comfortable with its surroundings. The existing unit is three metres higher than any other building in the hamlet and of a solid mass which in contrast with the proposed the current building looks uncomfortable in its setting. U

1.4 Light pollution

The windows on the south first floor elevation are for guest bedrooms and will only be used for visiting family. The rear eastern elevation on the first floor is mainly glazed for thermal gain and to take advantage of the open views. Light pollution has also been taken into consideration by using a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees. Most of the glazing on this aspect is bedroom windows that will have blinds closed at night which will stop light pollution from these windows.

Careful consideration has been given to minimise light pollution and that neighbouring properties are not over looked. On the front elevation, the two feature bee eye panels are the windows for two rooms that would usually only be used in day light hours. All other small windows at this level are for rooms that will have little use after dark. The upper windows on this elevation are for bathrooms which from the front view point will be shielded by an evergreen holly tree; this will also act as a wind break for cold north winds.

Night image massing

The hall window will be disguised by the cladding which will run across the front of it.

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SUSTAINABILITY

It is passion of the clients for this home to be as sustainable as possible using natural resources and using proven renewable energy sources. This project is being built for the client’s final home so the cost of green technology hasn’t been hindered by any commercial factors. Introduction: It is now more widely understood how important it is to design and construct buildings that perform in reality rather than just on paper. In order to do this we need to understand all the properties of materials and building elements and how these properties relate to real performance. The project is designed around genuine sustainability, providing a building that based on passivhaus, is a major environmental incorporating, using good use of technology and holistic principles. The first thing we think of when talking about sustainability in buildings is renewable energy, wind turbines, heat pumps, solar panels, the list goes on. These are in fact only visible

factors of sustainable development a bit of ‘eco bling’ to an otherwise ordinary scheme. This project is much deeper than just ‘ecoveneer’. The position of the building for solar gain, the materials that store the suns heat and release it when the temperature in the building falls, breathable walls making a more natural and healthier home have all been incorporated. Responsible sourcing of materials which have been graded by BRE consider of the embodied energy to produce a product. Embodied energy is the total primary energy consumed during the life time of a product. Ideally the boundaries would be set from the extraction of raw materials (inc fuels) to the end of the products lifetime (including energy from; manufacturing, transport, energy to manufacture capital equipment, heating & lighting of factory...etc). This boundary condition is known as ‘Cradle to Grave’. Only one of products for this project is made outside of the UK. Transporting mileage is an important CO2 factor and so is supporting British manufacturing, it is great for the economy. Local trades’ people will be used for the build and landscaping.

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2.1 Building Innovation

The project will use an innovative building system which uses ‘Passivhaus’ energy efficiency principles. The building will be designed off site to +/1mm tolerance and then rebuilt on-site The system produces 75% less waste material than traditional build methods (all recyclable) The innovative system sits on foundation pads every 3-4 meters, so soil will not need to be removed from site and very little concrete used compared to normal foundation systems The system will be water tight within 28 days using only semi skilled trades opening the opportunity for community involvement. When the frame work is complete it is inspected through full thermal imaging checks and any cold bridges can be dealt with before any finishes are applied. LABC registered approval and NHBC certified The use of continuous double-layered insulation within a treated timber structure stops the negative effect of convection looping. 1|Sustainability


Convection looping occurs when warm air from the inside of the building comes into contact with the cold air on the outside of the building. It rises and convects pulling more warm air to the outside.

months the heat is not transferred into the house.

The second layer of insulation will come from the site which was left by the cannabis growers; nothing can be greener than the reuse of materials. The continuous insulation for the floor, walls and roof give air tightness of 0.50m3/hm2 (@50pa) and giving the floor and walls a uvalue of 0.1 The roof design is unique to the project giving it a U-value of 0.05 w/m2k u-value. This will also provide hot water and heat in the winter though the MVRH system. Air ducts will be fixed on top of the continuous insulation layer. The dynamic insulation will be connected to the Mechanical Ventilation & Heat Recovery (MVHR) system. The suns energy on the dark coloured metal roof will warm the insulation and air ducts below. This will then be converted to hot water and heat. The MVHR system will have a summer bypass system installed so that in the summer

The windows sourced for the build are made from Fiberglass-Reinforced Plastic (FRP) outside and FSC timber inside with triple glazed units. The overall U-value is 0.76. FRP and has a service life of 75 years. They need no maintenance it has low embodied energy in production and produces no VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) U

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2.2 Timber

The framing system used for the build will be FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and is Precision-engineered under factory conditions. It produces less waste than on site construction methods. It is fully recyclable at end of its life and has a full supply chain certification. The burnt larch cladding is also an FSC®certified product is sourced from wellmanaged forests. Burning larch will give the building a natural water and insect proofing. It will never need to be treated with chemicals. U

2.4 Render System

Glaster render system which is a blend of hydraulic lime and recycled glass, the finished product is completely breathable. U

2.5 Wildflower Roof.

For the green roof a mixture of wildflower turf will be used for their ability to absorb airborne nitrogen oxide pollution (NOX) Green roofs have a number of ecological as well as economical benefits: • • • • •

Reducing water run-off. Enhancing natural habitats Cooling/humidifying the surrounding air creating a pleasant microclimate Improving thermal insulation in summer and winter. Food provision for wildlife

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2.6 Building Energy Performance.

The energy requirement for the proposed building is circa 11.5kWh/m2/yr compared to Passivhaus that is 15kWh/m2/yr Calculations completed by Mark Gooding Total Homes Swallow House Cotswold Business Village London Road Moreton in Marsh Gloucestershire GL56 0JQ

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Photovoltaic panels Phase Change Materials Water recycling Thermal solar 4kw backup log burner innovated ecocent hot water system Mechanical Ventilation & Heat Recovery

2.8 Mechanical Ventilation & Heat Recovery System.

additional energy source except the low running cost of the MVHR.

MVHR has a 93% efficiency with summer cooling bypass.

The MVHR system runs on less energy than is needed for a 100 watt light bulb and functions continuously. A significant amount of heat is produced with common domestic processes such as cooking, showering and the use of various electrical appliances. Human bodies give off a significant amount of heat (People, on average, emit heat energy equivalent to 100 Watts) and this is significant to a passive house as the energy loss through the fabric of the building is so low. To put this in perspective a 100 watt light bulb should be capable of maintaining the space heating of a 10 meters square room. Two 100 watt light bulbs would therefore have the capability of heating to a higher temperature the same room.

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Without adequate ventilation, contaminants such as ammonia, acetic acid, methane, nitrogen monoxide and formaldehyde from cleaning products, not to mention the dust, odours, CO2 and water vapour we produce each day, all linger in our homes and affect our health. Indeed, the need for controlled ventilation is so important that a section of the building regulations, Part F, is devoted to the issue. The circulation of air is handled with mechanical ventilation which has the crucial element of heat recovery, commonly known as MVHR (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery). The clever aspect of the system is that it literally ‘transfers’ heat from the extracted stale air to the incoming fresh air (which is ducted from the outside). The system of heat transference to the cold incoming air means that the internal house environment may be regulated and maintained at a higher temperature. For most of the time, there is no need for an

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The natural ventilation system is powered by solar with intelligent control system Low energy water pumps for solar, hot water, and water harvesting system are incorporated to add to energy saving. U

Air Source heat pumps, heating, and hot water system have been designed by an innovate British company. They have bought technologies together to produce some of the most energy efficient systems for the UK climate.

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2.09 Hot Water System.

The Ecocent hot water system, air containing heat (that would otherwise be totally wasted or ineffective) is drawn in to the top of the unit. The heat is extracted from the air by a 680W ASHP and transferred in to the water contained in the integrated DHW cylinder. The heat extraction process will also dehumidify the air if it has been drawn from a wet room (thereby also preventing mould growth from the damp air source). Air can be ducted from bathrooms (where heat would normally be totally wasted through extractor fans), kitchens and laundry rooms. The Ecocent is fully integrated in to the whole house mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) system. Cool, dehumidified air is expelled from the unit and this air can be used to cool areas in the summer and direct cool expelled air outside in the winter.

The hybrid roof system will help cool the roof in summer this will keep the solar panels running at their full efficiency.

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2.10 Photovoltaic Panels.

Thin strip technology solar panels will be used so that they cannot be seen from the ground level. They have no glass, perform extremely well in low light and have excellent shadow tolerance making them idea for the UKs climate.

2.11 Thermal Solar.

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2.12 Water Recycling and Management

The rainwater harvesting system for the development will save up to 46,598 liters water per year. Rainwater is better for the garden and home as it has a balanced pH, does not produce lime scale and is free of chemicals such as chlorine found in mains water. Fewer detergents are needed with soft rainwater compared to the hard water found in and around the Worcester area Water consumption will be minimised by a range of measures including, rain water from the flat roof and patio area filtering to the harvesting system, collection of rainwater from the sedum roof for garden use. The use of dual flush toilets and low water use taps, showers and washing machine will reduce consumption further 4|Sustainability


Surface storm water will naturally soak back into the water table though soft landscaping and permeable paving. The water harvesting system will be the first item to be installed in the build, so that the water collected can be used in the construction process.

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2.14 Log Burner.

A sealed log burner with back boiler has been included as a backup in case of system breakdown or prolonged cold periods. An 80% efficiency 10.5 kw to water and heating 4.5kw to the room. Wood collected from the site will be kept and stored for this use. U

2.15 Access to Amenities

Due to the site already having commercial / industrial use transportation to the site would be considerably reduced in comparison to a single residential home.

A full break down of water use for the proposed house in Hawford in appendix 16.1 U

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PCM in clay boards will be fitted to the ceiling. This stores any excess heat over 23 degrees Celsius and releases it when the building cools down.

Full details regarding travel times by public transport can be found in further detail in this document Some consideration could be given reduced travel by the applicants permission was granted, full details found in further detail later on document U

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2.16 Flooding.

There have been no reported flooding in Hawford. The site is the highest point in the Hamlet.

For the purpose of this application data has been collected on the basis of a new development and not a compassion to what is there now. This included a detailed research into public transport including school transport and council services already available in Hawford. A bus stop less than 200 yards away from the proposed property gives easy access to the amenities of Ombersley and the city of Worcester.

Map from the Environment Agency, showing possible flooding area.

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2.17 White Goods

A++ energy labeled Fridge Freezer A+AA Dishwasher, 6 litres of water per wash. A+++ washing machine, water supplied by rainwater recycling system. U

2.18 Cycle Storage

Secure and weather-proof cycle storage has been incorporated into the design for up to 6 bikes. It is located just inside the garage, please see plan drawings. U

2.19 Drying Space

Drying of clothes ‘naturally’ is more environmentally friendly than using a tumble dryer. The property includes drying spaces inside and outside. The drying space inside conforms to recommendations of the Energy Savings Trust U

2.20 Composting Area

Composting at home is one of the easiest, most effective and environmentally friendly ways of recycling organic waste. Organic waste in a landfill site degrades to form leachate and methane gas. Leachate is a toxic liquid, which can pollute water and soil. Methane is a green house gas (27 times more

powerful than carbon dioxide. The compost area location is detailed in the landscape plan U

2.21 External Lighting

8 x 6 watt Low level LED markers on PIR for footpath 4 x 6 watt LED lights for entrance doors 6 x 5 watt LED light rear garden

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2.22 Security Lighting

Four energy efficient floodlights on PIR and daylight cut off sensors have been incorporated; two at the front and two at the rear fitted with 270 LEDS 18 watt consumption each. Equivalent to a 300 watt Tungsten Halogen.

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2.23 Internal Lighting.

LED lighting will be used throughout, and they are controllable and dimmable. They will be connected to sensors that automatically switch off lights when a room is empty. A 4watt LED is comparable to 50watt Halogen 320 lumen.

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2.24 Lifetime Homes

Careful design consideration as been taken to create a ‘Lifetime Home’. It will suitable for older people and disabled people.

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2.25 Paint Finishes

Natural paint finishes VOC and acrylic free paints will be used. When delivered as a dry powder they are a third of the size and weight of liquid paints, meaning less pollution when transporting. U

2.26 Natural Day Light

Natural lighting is an important part of sustainability, reducing the need for artificial light. It is also a key element for the well being of the inhabitants. Careful consideration of the positioning of the rooms for natural sunlight has been carried out by detailed solar studies. (Appendix 15.0) The main ground floor living rooms all with large glass windows and doors are south facing. Daylight from the mid morning to late afternoon is bright, it renders colour accurately and casts strong, crisp shadows.

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The reception area has a glass block wall on the southern aspect allowing lots of defused light. The hallway has a double height ceiling feature that allows natural light from the glazed wall of glass on the first floor.

windows facing east are small but allow light into rooms that are used the least. There is very little solar gain from the north. Rooms with very little use are placed on the north face with highly insulating small windows.

Small strip windows on the north bring daylight into the rooms which will have the least use. This light tends to shadow less, be of neutral grey light most of the day and year. Bedrooms face to the east; daylight from the east is strongest in the morning being of low altitude casting soft long grey-yellow shadows Views across the countryside to the east are maximised by all the bedrooms but care has been taken so none of the neighboring properties are over looked.

External shading is created by sunshades and natural shading from plants and trees. This has been designed to allow useful solar gains from the winter sun and preventing direct summer sun penetrating into the house, which can cause overheating. U

2.28 Thermal Mass

Thermal mass is a property that enables building materials to absorb, store, and latterly release significant amounts of heat.

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2.27 Solar Control

Bedrooms facing east get the rising sun when the sun is at its weakest thermally. This allows natural sunlight when needed the most, but will not overheat bedrooms.

The predominantly glazed faรงade in the proposed dwelling is south facing in order to maximise the use of solar energy and solar gain.

The setting sun in the west can be very hot and due to it being low in the sky can penetrate deep into buildings. It gives a very orange light which can be very over powering and cause overheating. For this reason the

The deciduous tree in the centre of the courtyard will give shading in the summer months but in the winter months will allow thermal gain from the low lying sun.

The use of stone floors and phase change materials to the kitchen and dining area will absorb heat generated by solar gain, reducing the risk of overheating in the summer. In the winter the stone floor will absorb the solar gain from the winter sun that penetrates into the house in winter and then releasing the heat in the evening. A shallow water feature as been placed at the end of the south facing wing of the house which will also naturally cool the house in the summer. When the windows directly above it are opened the air is cooled by the water and then drawn though the house by the solar controlled ventilation stack.

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2.29 Recycling of the Existing Building

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The existing building will be dismantled and reused as a local farm building. The base will be re-used for hard core on site. Insulation left by the cannabis factory will be reused; the main reason for using the building system is that the insulation on the site can be reused on the new building. Scaffolding used in the cannabis factory will be used on site and then sold on to Malvern scaffold for reuse Timber left from the cannabis factory will be sorted, good timber will be reused and anything else will be saved for log burner for energy use. Plant pots (around 1000) left over from the cannabis factory will be treated with ozone to kill any bacteria and donated to the local environment centre. All left over waste from the inside the barn from the illegal cannabis growing activity will be recycled using a local company that specialises in such waste.

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BIODIVERSITY AND ECOLOGY

3.1 Introduction The adoption of new construction techniques, that focus on structural integrity, carry a real threat to the many species of birds and bats (in particular) that have been able to exploit opportunities left by traditional building practices. Many of these species now rely heavily on buildings and some, such as the Serotine bat, are rarely found roosting elsewhere. Wildlife depends on particular features of buildings that are likely to be lost with new construction techniques. The need and desire for low or zero carbon buildings has led to new building techniques, materials and designs being developed. They are much needed to reduce our carbon footprint. The one thing that all of these innovative advances have in common is the need for an ‘airtight’ barrier that encompasses the utilised part of the building. As a result for the first time since humans made shelters, the species that share these buildings with us will no longer find a potential resting, nesting or roosting place.

DEFRA 2006 – ‘39% of habitats and 27% of ‘priority species’ are in decline, with some showing accelerated’ DEFRA 2008a, ‘Bird numbers have been depleted by an average of 6% in the last 30 years ‘ DEFRA 2008b ‘Butterfly populations have dropped an average of 55% in the last 30 years’ Margersion, 2008 ‘Major declines in bees, arable plants and amphibians have also been recorded’ This project started with the brief that the re development of the site must improve the opportunities for wildlife. The priority was ti ensure that the fabric of the building gave opportunity for nesting bats. Bats are so important in our ecosystems that they are now recognised by the Government as indicators of biodiversity and yet their numbers are plummeting. The species are protected and conservation programs in place. The project is intended to encourage and conserve bat species

facing. At the same time, non-breeding adults find cooler roosts, such as north-facing features, where bats are found in small numbers or singly. The Bat Conservation Trust is yet to have reported any success of commercial bat boxes attracting bats. Most are often too small with crevices that are too wide and have smooth interior crevices that are unsuitable. All interior wood must be roughened for bats so that they can attach and cling. Screening that is used in some commercial boxes may eventually fall off due to condensation and urine. Only suitable nesting boxes will be used on this project and will be custom built using tried and tested designs from the UK, some will be embedded behind the burnt larch cladding of the building. This will recreate a more natural nesting environment on each side of the building to attract both breeding and non-breeding bats.

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Key placement requirements of bat boxes, that have been considered in the design of the proposed new dwelling are: • • • •

2m – 7m height of entry Access not lit by artificial light Away from draughts Approach should be clear of obstacles

Another two species the proposal has been designed to attract are Swifts and House Sparrows. Swifts are local to Hawford and were once one of the sounds of summer. However the UK Swift population was estimated at 80,000 birds in 1990. This has decreased further, by as much as 50%. Key placement requirements for Swifts that have been considered in the design of the proposed new dwelling are: • • • •

At least 5m high. Shaded and free from disturbance. Out of direct sunlight. Several nest sites close together.

House Sparrows are familiar resident birds throughout much of the UK and were once so common that it was easy to take them for granted. However, in recent years they have

undergone a fast rate of decline, in the order of 62%. They are now struggling to maintain their population in the UK. Sparrows are colonial nesters and show a preference for nesting in holes or crevices in buildings and prefer an easterly aspect. Pairs are faithful to their nest site for life. Key placement requirements of House Sparrows that have been considered in the design of the proposed new dwelling are: • • • • •

The Living Roof on the ground floor which will be made up of wild meadow plants (full details in landscape section) that will support a whole range of invertebrates and insects. This includes bees, ladybirds, moths and butterflies. The array of insects and the seeds produced by the flowering plants all provide good feeding opportunities for bats and birds too

At least 2m high. Shaded and free from disturbance. Out of direct sunlight Easterly aspect Several nest sites close together

Nesting boxes for both these species will be placed again inside the cladding and on the open walls. In addition nest boxes for other bird and mammal species will be placed in trees and the hedge rows around the site. Creating the right habitats around the site is very important to attract these nesting animals. Water and food need to be close by. Full details of the bio diverse landscape can be found in the landscape plan.

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locations in the fabric of the building, hedge row and trees.

is encouraging. The extra trees will reinforce the screen and extend the habitat. The site is surrounded by a mature Hawthorn hedge which will also be retained. Additional planting will be introduced into the hedge row with native species including, holly and raspberry, again reinforcing the screen and providing food sources for birds, invertebrate and mammals Opportunities for wildlife will be provided though the following: •

Planting of new native trees at various locations on the site.

Planting of new native hedging.

New wild flower meadows with native grasses and flowers that will attract bees and small mammals

Sunken wood logs and loose bark chippings creating new habitats for invertebrates.

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3.3 Species Consideration

The landscape planting scheme has incorporated native species with key planting to attract wildlife. The native plants selected in the scheme are bee, butterfly, bat, mammal and bird friendly. Some species have specific animal associations which can be found in Appendix 14.13. Others have been chosen due to their night flowering blossoms that attract night flying insects, a very important food sources for bats. U

3.4 Ecology Report

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DIMENSIONS

The planning application is for a single five bedroom residential dwelling. A specifically designed family home enabling growth for the Taylors and their family

Comparison dimensions

View from Haford House

Dimension

Existing dwelling

New dwelling

Footprint

450.0m2

223.9m2

Comparison of floor area between existing and proposed

View from Penhallow

Height

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SITE ANALYSIS

An in depth site analysis was carried out to give detailed information in order to aid the design process. This included the ecology of the site, wind direction and speed, solar studies, rainfall, building massing, landscape massing and landscape levels. The analysis of these factors is very important for the design of all passive buildings. More importantly it must be incorporated to aid the positioning of the nest boxes where bats, birds and mammals will make their homes. They can be very sensitive to heat, strong sunlight and drafts from wind.

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6. CONSULTATION AND INVOLVEMENT Following the fire the Taylors consulted the residents to ask what they would like done with the site and if they would work in partnership with them to develop the site into something suitable for all. They were in support of the suggestion to work together and their preference was to remove the current commercial building and replace it with a single residential dwelling. A number of meetings took place, designs were discussed, details such as windows, what it would look like etc were shared Towards the end of 2009 a planning application was submitted by Chance and Wildish on behalf of the Taylors, however it was turned down by the Council. The proposed new dwelling was a building that ‘fitted in’ within the locality The original application was not opposed by any of the consulting parties: The County Council Highways department, the local Parish Council and Environmental Health. Nor was it opposed by local residents, instead supported by 26 written representations. Taking into consideration the Planning Officer’s and Committee report / member comments the Taylors went about designing

another dwelling, meeting the needs of the community, planning policy and the environment.

wildlife opportunities, not only through landscaping but within the fabric of the building itself.

Three architects were appointed over a two year period and gave them the same design brief. The involvement of the architects, planning authority and local residents enabled a design over time that suited all needs and requirements. The extensive consultation period and work produced a contemporary and environmentally sound design of the 21st century

Those involved in the consultation included -

A number of design development meetings were held between the architects, Mr and Mrs Taylor and local residents in order to explore and develop the design process. It was very important to the Taylors that the community felt involved in the process and were happy with the design. It was intended that it would be a great asset to them and the hamlet Hawford. One of the most important aspects to the redevelopment of the site was to increase wildlife opportunities and not to destroy any they may already exist. In April 2011 a full ecology report was carried out on site by an independent body. This was then followed by intensive consultation with independent organisations in order to give the very best 1|Consultation and Involvement.


7. ASSESSMENT

Map of the Hamlet of Hawford

This section of the Design and Access Statement outlines the context of the site and its surrounding area.

Map of Hawford and the surrounding area

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7.1 Local Surroundings

The existing building is surrounded by a number of traditional dwellings that form the Hamlet of Hawford. Some of the buildings are listed, such as Hafod House and the National Trust Dovecote. Other have been built at a later date. There is a mix of different building designs and the residents are welcoming a new dwelling that is different again. The purpose of this project is to incorporate elements of the local dwelling design, whilst demonstrating outstanding architectural merit that compliments and enhances the locality. The proposed dwelling and Hamlet are visible from the A449 running from Worcester to Kidderminster and the intention is to add interest and detail to the landscape. U

7.2 The Site

The existing fire damaged commercial / industrial unit is approximately 3,700 sq ft on half an acre of land. It is intended that this will be dismantled and replaced by the proposed new dwelling and an extensive area of new restored landscape.

Access to the site is gained off Chatley Lane, running along the westerly tree / hedge lined boundary. On the south side of the property is Hawford Villa approximately 30 metres away. The resident is in support of the proposed new dwelling. Further down Chatley Lane on the north side is Penhallow approximately 50 metres away. Again the resident of the property is in support of the proposed new dwelling. It is noted that the majority of the properties in the Hamlet of Hawford have a view of the existing building and they are in support of the application. Please refer to appendix 14.6 for local residents letters of support.

Property to north of site - Penhallow

To the east of the property is close grazed pasture falling away from the site, enjoying views of the canal and countryside The local residents have been consulted in the project and have been heavily involved with Mr and Mrs Taylor in the design and proposal and are extremely supportive

Property to south of site – Hawford Villa

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7.3 Social and Economic Factors

The site was purchased in February 2008 by the Taylors and was originally intended for use as a commercial store for Lee Taylor’s business. In line with the fall of the financial markets towards the end of that year, the business failed and the family were left with a vacant mortgaged property with no income. The unit was marketed with G Herbert Banks (the original estate agent) for £180,000 with no interest or offers. The last option was to rent the commercial unit. There were two lots of tenants who rented the building. The first stored refuse and recycling vehicles, however after a few months they were asked to leave due to complaints from local residents. They vacated in late 2008. The local residents were very unhappy about the significant number of HGV movements in the single track lane. The second lot of tenants were those that used the building for the illegal growing of cannabis, subsequently causing the major fire in April 2009. Appendix 14.9 During the period of rental the unit was still being advertised and after the fire the unit was offered for sale at £100,000 with two

agents, there was again no interest. This was due to the economic climate and high number of similar commercial and industrial properties for sale and to let in the District of Wychavon and the City of Worcester The financial markets since 2009 have continued to struggle and a recent down turn has affected the commercial property market further (Figures at 01/06/09 over 500 empty commercial units in Wychavon and over 380 in Worcester). In addition it was recognised in the Council’s Committee Report that the loss of this commercial property, would not be a ‘loss of employment land’ (appendix 14.1) The serious crime committed against the family and heavy financial burden of the fire damaged empty property has put significant pressure on them. Please refer to appendix 14.3. It details the costs involved of putting the unit back into commercial use, fulfilling the outstanding planning requirements of putting in a passing bay (see appendix 14.4 for quotation) and sound attenuation system. This does not consider the costs involved in re-connecting the electricity, water and replacement of the damaged wiring.

In order to restore the building for sale or for rental for use in general commercial purpose the total cost would be in excess of £150,000. (It is noted that the proposed passing bay is opposite Haford House, a listed property. The resident highly opposes this passing bay opposite their property, please see letter in appendix 14.5) The individuals that caused the fire damage to the property were never caught by the Police, following extensive investigation and arrests. The Taylors are not in receipt of any compensation or insurance monies (the insurance company did not pay out) to complete the work. If the remedial work were to be completed on the commercial unit there would be no guarantee that the property will be leased or sold. This is due to the current slump in the property market Appendix 14.8 is a letter and evidence from the agent that advertised the current property for sale / and or rental. They noted that in the current property market a successful sale or rental would be unlikely

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The Taylors and their young family intend to occupy the proposed new dwelling and continue to improve and add value to the community that they have already become part of.

in section 11. In addition there are maps carried out by an independent body showing travel times by public transport from the site within a given time scale, see appendix 14.10, 14.11, 14.12. When comparing the proposed new dwelling to the existing commercial unit, traffic movements would be significantly reduced. Traffic to the commercial unit would be a small amount light traffic (cars and vans) and predominantly HGV movements. A residential property in this location would eliminate HGV movements and reduce light traffic greatly making it a more sustainable and safer.

Damage inside the unit after the fire.

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7.4 Planning Policy Consideration

The site is in a rural area in the district of Wychavon and classified as outside the permitted development boundary. This could be deemed as unsustainable due to not having services (local shop for example) available within walking distance. However there is a bus stop a short distance (200 yards) from the proposed dwelling giving access to Worcester city centre, Worcester train stations, schools and Hospital. A full access map can be found

A highly considerate and sensitive design response has been produced by the applicant in order to justify development in this location

Planning Policy Statement 1: ‘Sustainable development is the core principle underpinning land use planning. Decision on development proposal should be based on sustainable development principles, ensuring an integrated approach to the consideration of, effective protection and enhancement of the environment, prudent use of natural resources and community involvement’. The proposed new dwelling provides a positive enhancement to the environment compared to the existing development. It has been designed taking into consideration particular physical characteristics of the area, using local materials as found in the Dovecote and surrounding properties. The proposed new dwelling is contemporary in design, unique with a strong environmental concept joining together the house and the landscape it sits within. The development is enhanced by the landscape plan which greatly improves the biodiversity and landscape (please refer to the ecological survey for further detail – appendix 14.15). As stated previously the residents have been heavily involved in all aspects of the design and landscaping and support the application whole heartedly. 4 | Assessment


Planning Policy Statement 3: Effective Use of Land, clause 44, ‘considering whether sites that are currently allocated for industrial or commercial use could be more appropriately re-allocated for housing development’

The Committee Report (from a previous planning application submitted by the Taylors) in appendix 14.1 states that the Council Officers did not consider that there was an issue with the ‘loss of employment land’

SUR1 Built Design ‘All proposals for new buildings must demonstrate a high standard of design and make a positive contribution to the visual quality of the environment. When this development was considered, the following design aspects will be taken into account: a) Scale, height and massing b) Architectural detailing c) Quality of materials d) Visual interest, particularly in terms of it contribution to the street scene

e) Appropriate levels and form of landscaping f) Local distinctiveness, as appropriate; and g) Vitality and community safety’ All the above have been taken into account in the preparation of this proposal. Community safety is a concern for the residents of Hawford, this was highlighted by the use of the commercial building prior to the fire. Appendix 14.5. Now derelict the site may attract further attention, further affecting the community safety concerns SUR 2 Landscape design a) ‘Is planned as an integral part of the development b) Is appropriate to the character of the surrounding locality c) Retain and enhances significant natural habitats/features and other feathers of landscape, amenity or historical value d) Includes soft landscaping features or habitat using indigenous species of hard landscaping features that are appropriate to the character of locality: and e) Provides for adequate maintenance and long term management.’

The main criteria set for the landscape was biodiversity and improving what is already there. The full plan which included consultation with the Wildlife Trust can be found in section 8 of this statement and the full ecology report is enclosed. The proposed new dwelling and landscape plan has been designed in conjunction. This can be seen in the site plans The landscape is an integral part of the building design as the concept for the house is followed through into the structure of the planting. Existing habitats have been enhances whilst new ones created. The ecology report suggests that the development will improves the current site by 100% Planting and species have been selected to reflect the character and indigenous species of plants present in the locality Much of the planting is natural, therefore maintaining the longevity of the site and keeping it low maintenance. For example a wildflower meadow with plant species that will support local wildlife

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GD 1 ‘Consideration regarding the location strategy are covered in section 10 showing that the site is not isolated’ The direct compassions of the proposal to the existing use of the site are: 1. The Development would enhance the landscape 2. Re use of existing land 3. Reduction of private car journeys over the existing use of the unit. If the planning was successful would also be a reduction on private car journeys for the applications over their existing home. Appendix 14.2 4. The proposal would improve biodiversity protecting habitats and species 5. The proposal Conforms to very high standards of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy generation.’ U

7.5 Material Consideration

NPPF P32 Paragraph 113 ‘Avoid isolated homes in the countryside unless:

Where the development would reuse a redundant or disused buildings and lead to an enhancement to the immediate setting : Or The exceptional quality OR the innovative nature of the design of the dwelling. In summary, in response to the planning policy the design for the new dwelling should reflect the highest standards in contemporary architecture and building innovation. It should represent a significant enhancement of its setting. Effective protection and enhancement of the environment, prudent use of natural resources and community involvement’ The proposal provides a positive enhancement to the environment, landscape and a 100% enhancement to the ecology of the site. In addition the design incorporates state of the art sustainable technology utilising energy efficiency methods, water recycling and re-use and low value carbon materials (in terms of construction and transport to the site.) The proposed dwelling is 100% more sustainable than the existing development.

one of a kind. The concept for the building and design has been structured into the landscape design so the two sit in harmony with one another The planning officers have stated in previous committees reports that they do not consider that there is an issue with regards to the ‘loss of employment land’. Also that the existing building is of ‘no architectural merit and little value in biodiversity terms’. Community involvement was a high priority from the start and the residents have been involved in every step of the process. They support the application and look forward to a contemporary design that can add to the community and their environment. They realise that the proposed new dwelling will be unique in every way and are proud to have taken part in the design and consultation process and for it be part of the hamlet. The residents realise that the new building will enhance their environment and that of others

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HIGHWAYS

The previous planning application for a single dwelling had no objections from the County Council’s Highways Department. The existing commercial unit has a condition in the planning permission for a passing bay constructed adjacent to Haford House, a listed building. The access road to the site is a single track road, used mainly for car traffic. The cost of building the passing bay has been quoted for by approved Council contractors and is in excess of £12,000 plus VAT. More importantly Mr Hiscock the owner of Haford House does not want this passing bay outside is home. The reasons were stated in his letter to the council that supported the previous planning application. Please see Appendix 14.5

Passing bay location

The Taylors during the design and planning process have involved and consulted with the residents of Hawford at every stage. The proposal for the single dwelling would not require the construction of the passing bay located outside Mr and Mrs Hiscock’s grade 2 listed home.

Entrance to Chatley Lane looking from A449 northbound

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION

This design and access statement has been prepared in the support of a detailed planning application for a new five bedroom house sited at Chatley Lane, Hawford, Ombersley. The application is being made by the owners of the property Mr and Mrs Taylor, who will, if the planning application is successful live there with their young family. Set in the Hamlet of Hawford, the site falls within the District of Wychavon. Approximately half way between Worcester and Ombersley, Hawford is located just off the A449 and is served by a single lane road. Nearby are a number of traditional properties, some of which are listed buildings, one being the historic Dovecote which is a National Trust property. The existing building is a steel framed, block and metal clad property which has Light Industrial B1 planning permission. The property was originally constructed for agricultural purposes and subsequently given planning consent to be used as a builder’s garage and store in 1993. The original planning consent W/07/00376/CU has been granted and 09/03059 as a renewal and extension in time for the change of use of the building to B1 (c) Light Industrial use. The unit has already been previously let for this purpose.

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Currently the building has significant fire damage caused by the last tenants who were illegally using it for the growing of cannabis plants. It has stood empty since the fire in April 2009 and Mr. and Mrs. Taylor have unsuccessfully marketed the property for sale or let, see appendix 14.8 The proposal seeks to improve and provide though planning, the replacement of the 3,700 square feet of significantly fire damaged commercial property. In order to bring the building back to its full potential a significant amount of money is required to make the building good. (See appendix 14.3). The proposal includes an extensive area of restored landscape will enhance both the views from the A449 and neighbouring residential properties. The design and location of the proposed dwelling have been thoroughly considered and discussed with the local residents and the Planning Authority. The new house is intended to provide an outstanding level of architectural merit and innovation in line with clause 11 of PPS7 ‘Sustainable Development in Rural Areas’ The brief set by the Taylors clearly defined a unique design and high level of sustainability, taking into consideration the most up to date innovative technologies in order to create an outstanding home. As important was the enhancement of the local environment improving on the biodiversity and ecology of the site. These points are covered in greater detail further on in the document.

Dovecote, National trust Property

The Design and Access Statement has been created in accordance with CABE’s best practice guidance, intended to accompany the New Governments Draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

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A statement from the Owners of the property / applicants ‘Nature gives us everything we need to exist and we all have a shared responsibility to make a change however small. This project may seem small in the overall scheme when considering the environmental damage and changes we all need to do to put back what we have taken for granted for many years. This proposal has been driven by our passion for a more responsible approach and respect for the environment. We are far from eco warriors and believe that some proposals for saving the earth are far from practical and not economically viable over time. A fine balance is required and with over 50% of the UK’s Co2 emissions generated from buildings it’s a great opportunity for change and setting a new standard for long term sustainable building and living.’ ‘Sustainability for most may just be another word for ‘eco���, reducing our car journeys, minimising electricity consumption or using public transport. The Pillars of Sustainability; - economic, environment and social are all covered in depth in this document. The Code for Sustainable Homes helps to address some of the issues that most buildings are just built ‘fit for purpose’ and built to cost with only consideration for the inhabitant. The code only deals with some issues regarding the very complex subject of development in the UK. ‘Habitat destruction though constriction can have a disastrous effect nature which was within the core brief of this project. The new scheme will improve the site by 100% in term of the ecological benefit and adding new opportunities for wildlife.’

Lee and Rebecca Taylor

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10.1 Access

The existing site and proposed new dwelling is accessed from Chatley Lane. A single track country road that leads from the A449 to Porters Mill Lane. The A449 is approximately 0.2 miles from the site giving access to Worcester city centre (3.9 miles), the local village of Ombersley (1.8 miles) and the M5 motorway (4.3 miles). Porters Mill Lane is 0.9 miles from the site giving access to the town Droitwich (5 miles) U

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The nearest Bus stop (south) and post-box is 200 yards from the site and cited on the A449, a short safe walking distance. The bus route is to Worcester City (3.8 miles), County Hospital (6.2 miles). A large supermarket is 3.1 miles away; however there are local shops and a post office in the village of Ombersley (1.8 miles) The nearest bus stop (north) is 300 yards giving access to Ombersley, Droitwich and Kidderminster respectively. Travel times by public transport from the site within detailed maps can be found in Appendix 14.10, 14.11, 14.12 1|Access and Services


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APPLICANTS WORKING FROM HOME

The Taylors’ work in environmentally benefiting businesses. Lee Taylor owns a company called Neutralise Ltd. That specialises in the destruction of virus and bacteria in the air and on surfaces using ozone technology. The process uses no chemicals and the only by-product is oxygen. The business is currently run from a small office in Worcester due to not having space in home. The proposed new house will have office space for business use, reducing the need to travel and spending more time with the family Rebecca Taylor works for a recycling company in Evesham which has strategic contracts with Local Authorises providing a fully co-mingled recycling service. The Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) operated by the company is state of the art offering the most up to date and sustainable solution to Councils for managing their waste and recycling. A letter from her employer, Pure Recycling is enclosed confirming that if she had a suitable office she

could work from home three days a week. Appendices 14.2

their daughter and new baby (expected in June) and the inability to work from home.

www.purerecycling.com

The property cannot be extended and borrowing more money is not an option due to the outstanding mortgages on the existing damaged building and their current home.

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11.1 Applicants’ justification

A statement from The Taylors ‘We are committed to a sustainable way of life. We strongly believe in protecting our environment and reducing our individual impact and reducing our carbon emissions for the good of us all and future generations’ The proposal would reduce Lee Taylor’s private car journeys by 10 times each week totalling 20 miles, and reduce Rebecca Taylor’s mileage by 216 miles per week. They are financially trapped due to the damage and crime committed against them,. The Taylors cannot borrow any more money to repair the building and carry out the outstanding planning conditions to rent or sell the commercial property. It has been offered for sale as it stands for £80,000 less than they paid for it with no interest. They would like to move from their current home, a terraced house that is now sadly too small for them,

The situation The Taylors are in was due to factors out of their control and not formed from any speculative plans. The proposal not only elevates the Taylors stressful and financial situation but will replace a very ugly unsustainable commercial unit in an unsuitable location, with a family home. It will be a 100% improvement on sustainability, contribute to CO2 offset year after year, improve the landscape view, have a major improvement on wildlife populations and more importantly the residents of Hawford fully support it.

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BACK COVER

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