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Where is the architecture in Whitehall’s new planning framework?


Interesting article. If I may I would like to give an example of arse about face planning policy. There is a 1960's suburban estate in Hampshire which was laid out on a generally flat, heavily treed large site. Each plot is generous, at least 1/3 of an acre, some larger and in total there are around 70 homes accessed from the private road, set back from the street in large landscaped grounds with driveways. The original homes were of there time, and pretty interesting in parts - some bungalows, brick clad with tiled roofs, but also some two storey homes utilising upper floor vertical timber cladding with distinctly 1970's detailing - light and airy. The original occupants are dying off, the children have grown up and have moved out and now many of these homes are being sold on and going through refurbishment/demolition/reconstruction to upgrade them and make the plots useful for a whole new set of families. Great you might think - an almost perfect opportunity to build a contemporary new home. No, the planning guidance considers that contextual materials and forms in this location are pitched roofs, hung tiles and brick and their strong preference (based on the recent granted consents) is for a kind of mock overly large hung tile cottage pastiche. Its thoroughly depressing. Its like the 'modern' movement in architecture never happened, even though it was nearly a century ago. generally speaking, at least in the shires, we seem to be going through a neo-supersized-cottage-pastiche epoch. God forbid we should propose any material that has been used for less than 2000 years. Dreadful. Rant over. Thanks.

Posted date

19 April, 2018

Posted time

12:32 pm


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