A Full Planning Application was submitted to Waverley Borough Council in December 2011 for this new 310sqm (3,300sqft) detached contemporary dwelling set within woodland in Farnham, Surrey. Following the planners initial refusal of the scheme we have been sucessful in September 2012 in overturning this decision at a Planning Appeal where the inspector noted that although the “proposal has responded well to the particular nature of the appeal site. The appellant’s comment that this is unusual and almost unique has not been contradicted.”
The south-facing sloping site forms part of the grounds of an existing large bungalow and is actually a natural clearing surrounded within the woods. These factors helped to shape the propsed new building which is designed as a simple. low timber frame building from the front (north) elevation set on a stone base rising up out of the sloping southerly elevation.
The main living accommodation is on the upper floor with large glazing openings maximising the views from the southerly aspect and opening onto the terrace.
The lower floor is partially built in to the sloped site to provide excellent thermal insulation on the north side with naturally ‘darker’ spaces set to the rear (such as bathrooms, utility room and storage areas).
The scheme has since been redesigned to add a further 2,200sqft of accommodation and details can be seen here of the new, larger proposals which were granted planning permission in November 2013.