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Mohsin Cooper wins unanimous backing for semi-rural West Sussex homes

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Up-and-coming practice Mohsin Cooper Architects has been given the go-ahead for this ‘sensitive’ 18-home scheme on the edge of Angmering, West Sussex

The mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses for a semi-rural plot – known as the Merry England Nursery site – which lies outside the existing development boundary won unanimous approval by Arun District Council’s planning committee.

According to the Hove-based practice, the homes have been designed in a ’modern vernacular style’ and will be built from local brick and mixed stock clay tile as well as as slate, zinc and vertical black-stained weatherboarding.

Angmering house types

Angmering house types

Architect’s view

At pre-application stage, the local planning authority was resistant to any form of development, as the site lies outside the development boundary of the village. Working closely with planning consultants SHW, we undertook numerous rounds of consultation with the local planning authority and parish council along with developing a sensitive design approach which creates a welcoming, landscaped, open space at the heart of the semi-rural site.

We overcame several planning and design challenges to gain the support of the planning case officer, then, finally, unanimous approval at committee.

A variety of two, three and four-bedroom house types were developed in a modern vernacular style, using local brick and mixed stock clay tile as well as contemporary materials such as slate, zinc and vertical black-stained weatherboarding. The masterplan creates a comfortable and organic layout, with all existing mature trees retained to the entrance and perimeter areas in order to complement the rural character and feel of the development.

Angmering concept sketch (1)

Project data

Location Dappers Lane, Angmering, West Sussex
Type of project Housing
Client Undisclosed
Architect Mohsin Cooper Architects
Planning consultant Stiles Harold Williams
Total Gross External Area 2,460m²
Total cost Unavailable

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