John Pardey Architects (JPA) has lodged an appeal after its proposal to build a lakeside house in Ringwood, Hampshire, was rejected by councillors
In February the practice submitted plans to New Forest District Council for the demolition of an existing cottage and creation of a new 490m² house, The Haven, on a 2.4ha site by Blashford Lakes.
But in June, the council’s planning committee rejected the project on the grounds that the new house was ‘unacceptably large’ in relation to the original dwelling.
The refusal notice read: ‘In order to safeguard the long-term future of the countryside, the local planning authority considers it important to resist the cumulative effect of significant enlargements being made to rural dwellings.’
JPA has pointed out that its proposal only results in a slight increase in land take, from 0.08 per cent to 0.09 per cent of site area, and is appealing the decision.
Its scheme is for a house raised above the flood level on stilts, with panoramic views of the lake from the main living space.
It says the aim of the design is to create ‘a house that appears to be weightless, that floats above the water’.
The building will power itself from water source heat pumps, powered by rooftop photovoltaic panels.
The planning committee rejected the house on the grounds that it contravened New Forest District Council (NFDC) policy DM20, which is intended to prevent urban sprawl on inappropriate sites.
An appeal decision is expected by May 2019.
03 First Floor Plan
Location Blashford Lakes, Ringwood, Hampshire
Type of project One-off house
Client Ian and Helena McGrath
Architect JPA (Pete Humphry Project Architect)
Landscape architect BD Landscape
Structural engineer Momentum
Tender date Spring 2019
Completion date 2020
Contract duration 15 months
Gross internal floor area 490m²