Emerging practice vPPR has experienced its first-ever planning failure after its four-bedroom house in a London conservation area was rejected
The practice proposed the Queen’s Park scheme on an infill site currently occupied by disused garages on behalf of property developer Ivo Hesmondhalgh.
However, planners at Brent Council refused the application after objections from neighbours and concerns over a proposed courtyard.
A council report said: ‘Overall the proposal would not provide a satisfactory standard of accommodation for prospective residents due to concerns with the level of outlook and the sense of enclosure that would be created from the courtyards combined with the lack of amenity space which would be contrary to policy’.
It would also ‘fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the conservation area’ and ‘have an unacceptable impact on the amenity of adjoining properties’.
The all-female practice has won a reputation for designing tricky, constrained and tight sites, claiming a blemish-free success rate on its planning applications until now.
Plans for the 161m² Queen’s Park house feature a large barrel-vaulted green roof which covers pods containing the living room, dining room and kitchen, connected at the upper level by a bridge.
The scheme’s street-facing wall would be built of bullnose bricks designed to form a ‘curtain-like facade’ with curved doors and windows.
vPPR director Tatiana von Preussen told the AJ that the practice would submit a revised proposal. ‘We don’t consider that we have lost our 100 per cent record because we think eventually we will get planning permission for this,’ she said.
Modifications might include lowering the height of the building and looking at different treatments for the facade.
Location Queen’s Park
Type of project House
Client Queens Park Developments
Architect vPPR Architects
Landscape and planning consultant Maven Plan
Structural engineer South Stoke Structures
Gross internal floor area 161m2