We were pleased to be appointed to assess the possibility of extending this picturesque chocolate box Grade II listed cottage in the Conservation Area of West Tytherley, Hampshire.

Since 2016, the owner of this timber-framed thatched cottage, which dates from the 16th century, has been attempting to gain Planning permission and Listed Building consent for a modest extension in the back garden.

We carried out a review of the previous seven unsuccessful submissions and appeals, and concluded that there appeared to be some intransigence on behalf of the Local Authority Conservation Officer due to a lack of detailed investigation into the historic fabric of the dwelling. Taking the client through a number of stages including detailed analysis of historic records, photographs and paperwork for the property, together with a selection of new sketch options, our Conservation  Specialist Lauren Honey was able to show that the cottage was two original properties knocked into one. It appeared to have been re-faced with brickwork in the 19th century, and therefore in our opinion an extension could be located so as not to harm the older historic fabric.  

Following an informal pre-application submission showing some of our preliminary ideas, we were able to set up a video meeting with the Local Authority during the Covid lockdown, and present a final selection of three sketch options for the Conservation Officer to choose from.

Each was assessed in terms of its impact on the character and fabric of the cottage, and in the end a simple extension off one wing of the cottage was agreed.

The application was submitted for Planning and Listed Building consents, and these have now been granted. Ironically the proposal is not too dissimilar to a refused application previously submitted by others in 2019, but by supporting this with more robust historic information, we gave our client every chance of finally achieving the sustainable family home they seek.