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Social housing development


The original site of approximately 3200sq/m contained one single private dwelling together with Elme House containing six single self-contained units for vulnerable and homeless people. The proposed design, for which planning permission has been granted, comprises 12 single self-contained units for vulnerable and homeless people together with 8 two bedroom affordable flats

The site presents planning challenges, it is in a special protection buffer area, contains a number of mature trees and is surrounded by residential properties that pose privacy and loss of light issues.

The proposed design retains the part of Elm House but demolishes the single dwelling. The retained element of Elm House provides 4 one bed units for single people with low to moderate support needs whilst a new two storey building to provide an additional 8 units is located in the location of the demolished buildings. The existing vehicle entrance and parking to Elm House is retained and a new access road is extended from this to the rear of the site to access 8 new two bedroom affordable flats.

The layout of the accommodation to the rear of the site has been designed to retain as many trees as possible and to respect the possible overlooking and loss of privacy issues of the adjacent properties. The building is nestled into the ground and the roof designed with a low mono-pitch with a sedum finish in order to reduce the visual impact.

This project was undertaken whilst acting as Architectural Consultants for Faithorn Farrell Timms.

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social housing development, Surrey - architectural plan