Outline proposals were prepared to support a planning application for the change of use of a redundant light industrial site located in North Wessex Downs AONB to a country house and garden.

The light industrial site occupied a steeply sloping piece of land with a west to east aspect and was shoe-horned into a corner. The new house was to be cut into the hillside and built on a terrace 2m above an existing country lane. A series of terraces, including a croquet lawn were proposed to address the change in levels and provide a series of formal gardens around the house. 

A stable block with paddock and menage were proposed to the north. A secret garden with wildflower meadows and pond for wildlife was located in the corner of the site, and substantial tree and hedge planting included to integrate the new house into the landscape. These features were to designed to provide privacy for potential home owners whilst reducing the visual impact of the country house within the AONB and from public footpaths.

An existing ‘windmill’ was to be refurbished and new estate fencing, orchard planting, kitchen garden and bee hives included within the grounds.

Description Country House and garden

Stages Up to planning

Period 2010

Client Cherrington Planning

Team Lead Creating Place