Despite a Christmas of colds we are back at work. For our first full week we received approval for a two-storey extension with garage and home/office to a detached house in Midhurst and approval for works to a listed Norman Shaw building with a new bespoke garage store in the gardens designed by E.W Cooke. A pre-app meeting with a local East Sussex LPA was very positive for a development on a site where the urban grain of the conservation area is very tight.
Other projects and applications are in process and a bit to early but we remain hopeful and positively engaged.
This past fortnight saw Murphy Associates work on heritage reports for a site in Lewes, East Sussex and a fire damaged listed building in Crockerhill, West Sussex; the receipt of the last of a set of three listed buildings consents for a sensitive building plus a rather surprising case involving a modern extension to a listed building which threw up unanticipated issues. We also attended Helm training in West Dean and the RTPI SE Awards (maybe one year we will see one of our collaborations). Next week we are working on an appeal for clients with much needed space to meet personal family requirements and another listed building in East Hampshire. And we await a response to the housing scheme lodged for pre-app .....
Working across three specialisms is a challenge at the best of times but brings plenty of variety to the workload and with that travel - up and down the country, across East and West Sussex, the South Downs National Park to Hampshire. Having a background in Development Management and planning law has probably been my saving 'grace' whatever the subject matter, area of property. This past few weeks we have been contending with reports relating to a fire damaged listed building now beyond repair, salvage etc; assessing significance of designated and non-designated heritage assets, writing conservation area character appraisals, lodging and negotiating on planning applications and applications to discharge conditions ... and appealing appeals! But to end the day there is nothing like trying to understand the logic of some ...
Rising out of the ground. It has taken a number of concepts and iterations to get to this stage. Murphy Associates and Stewart Nicholson Architecture are preparing for a pre-app submission over the coming weeks ... YesEngineering provided advice to unlock the potential for the top site.
Under instruction from clients, Murphy Associates are working on 2 sites that have the potential to deliver residential development schemes in Sussex. With her planning and urban design hat on our Director has collaborated with Kathryn Backhouse of YesEngineering and Stewart Nicholson Architecture to move initial designs forward for the 2 sites to assist in pre-application discussions for both sites. Positive collaborative masterplanning.
Watch this space as we evolve and develop our ideas for both sites!
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Working for The Conservation Studio, Murphy Associates with input from DGC Consultants Ltd, completed the draft consultation document for the Old Town. BHCC have now commenced the consultation exercise which will run to 26th August 2018. It follows the adoption of the Old Town Conservation Area Character Appraisal which was written by Eddie Booth of The Conservation Studio. The management plan recognises the quality of the area but also highlights the issues that require management ...
Horton Chapel Arts & Heritage Society (HCAHS) progress to HLF Round 2 with the Conservation Report and Maintenance & Management Plan produced by The Conservation Studio with input from Eimear Murphy of Murphy Associates and Anna Cullum Associates.
This has been an interesting project to work on particularly as The Conservation Studio also wrote the Conservation Appraisals for the Epsom Hospital Cluster.
Now out to consultation! Led by The Conservation Studio and with input from Murphy Associates, BHCC have produced a draft conservation area appraisal for the Queens Park Conservation Area. The consultation period will run for a period of 4 wks with the intention of adoption in September 2018. This is one of the many Appraisals that The Conservation Studio has been involved in. It can be viewed by following this link - http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/planning/heritage/heritage-news-consultations-and-faqs
We will be there. .. and will have the opportunity to see the Grandparents names in Queens University for the first time and go around all the regular haunts!
We are pleased to announce that Eimear is now the Designated Service Provider under the Historic Environment Service Provider (HESPR). Recognition under HESPR allows the IHBC to ‘recognise’, and publicly acknowledge, the historic environment service standard of a company on the basis of a corresponding professional endorsement..
Due to the nature of our work, we will be seeking the services of a number of professional personnel including persons familiar with Vectorworks, Autocad, Cinema 4D, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, ability to work with topo surveys, design and develop schemes in 2D, 3D and as visual models , Engagements are generally on a job-by-job basis and vary between simple domestic extensions to large residential schemes.
Keep an eye on our page, Twitter and Linkedin for updates and details - or email us direct with your CV.
Working as part of a team to defend the decision of Epsom and Ewell Borough Council to refuse planning permission for an Aldi Store with 6 residential units above, adjacent but not within a Conservation Area, the appointed Inspector dismissed the appeal.
The Inquiry sat for 5 days in October 2017. After hearing evidence from both sides, including Murphy Associates on heritage and design matters, the Inspector agreed that a new store on the former Diary Crest site would detract from the character of the surrounding area and the setting of the Conservation Area. In carrying out the planning balance considered the harm to the character and appearance of the area and the 'less than substantial' (para 134 of the NPPF) to the setting of Conservation Area, would outweigh the public benefits identified.
The Inspector also agreed with the EEBC on the issue of the sequential test for retail was failed due to a more suitable and preferable site having been identified, even though that site is in the ownership of another retail provider.
The appeal was dismissed.
Murphy Associates were called to assist APD Ltd and Victoria Holland Architecture with a case involving conversion and extension works to a curtilage listed building of a low order but nevertheless important to the former historic grouping and main listed house. Following a review of the case and meetings on site including with the LPA, a revised scheme to provide annexed accommodation successfully obtained planning permission and listed building consent. So the humble former farm building will now be sustained and will be put to a sustainable use.
Eimear of Murphy Associates and Eddie of The Conservation Studio completed their second joint presentation to the Conservation Area Advisory Group on Eastbourne's Draft Town Centre and Seaside Conservation Area Appraisal. The consultation period runs to early October. So far approx. 200 consultation responses have been received.