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Architectural rendering of semi-detached houses on Avebury Road, Bromley, designed by Urbanist Architecture. The modern suburban houses are built on a plot designated as Urban Open Space, featuring brick exteriors, spacious front yards with parking, and surrounded by lush greenery. This project overcame planning restrictions to create two well-proportioned, eco-friendly homes.
High-quality architectural rendering of semi-detached houses on Avebury Road, Bromley, designed by Urbanist Architecture. The image showcases two modern houses built on a plot designated as Urban Open Space. The houses feature brick facades with large windows, and are surrounded by lush landscaping, including vibrant flower beds and new trees. A car is parked in the driveway, emphasising the suburban setting.
Rendering of two modern semi-detached houses on Avebury Road, Bromley, designed by Urbanist Architecture. The houses feature a blend of brick and timber cladding with large windows, set within a lush, landscaped garden. A paved driveway leads to the homes, bordered by a neatly trimmed wooden fence and vibrant flower beds. Mature trees and shrubs surround the property, creating a suburban oasis.
Rendering of a modern semi-detached house on Avebury Road, Bromley, featuring a spacious backyard designed by Urbanist Architecture. The house is clad in a combination of brick and dark timber, with large windows offering ample natural light. The backyard includes comfortable outdoor seating under a large umbrella, surrounded by lush greenery and mature trees. A paved path leads through a well-maintained lawn, bordered by vibrant flower beds and a wooden fence.
Architectural floor plan of the existing ground floor layout for a property on Avebury Road, Bromley (BR6). The plan details the spatial arrangement, including living areas, kitchen, and entrance. Surrounding the house, the layout shows the placement of trees and outdoor spaces within the plot, designated as Urban Open Space. This detailed schematic is crucial for understanding the current structure before embarking on new construction or renovation projects.
Architectural floor plan of the proposed ground floor layout for two semi-detached houses on Avebury Road, Bromley (BR6). The plan illustrates the new spatial arrangement, detailing living areas, kitchens, and entrance points for both homes. Surrounding the buildings, the layout includes extensive landscaping with trees, bushes, and designated garden spaces, emphasising environmental integration on Urban Open Space land. This detailed schematic is crucial for understanding the improvements and additions in the new development project.
Architectural floor plan of the existing first floor layout for a suburban house on Avebury Road, Bromley (BR6). The plan details the spatial arrangement including bedrooms, bathrooms, and hallway configurations. This schematic is essential for comparing current conditions with proposed modifications in the new development project, emphasising spatial efficiency and design improvements in line with urban planning standards.
Architectural floor plan of the proposed first floor layout for new semi-detached houses on Avebury Road, Bromley (BR6). The design features well-proportioned bedrooms, bathrooms, and a central hallway, optimised to meet modern space standards. This detailed schematic showcases the thoughtful arrangement aimed at maximising livable space while ensuring comfort and functionality, adhering to urban planning regulations and enhancing residential quality.
Existing roof plan for a semi-detached house at Avebury Road, Bromley (BR6). The schematic illustrates the current layout and structure of the roof, providing a clear view of its dimensions and existing design elements. This detailed drawing is essential for understanding the baseline conditions before proposing any architectural modifications or new construction.
Proposed roof plan for semi-detached houses at Avebury Road, Bromley (BR6). This architectural drawing showcases the design layout of the new roof structure, highlighting solar panel placements and roofing materials. The plan emphasises the changes to improve energy efficiency and integrate modern standards while maintaining the aesthetic harmony of the suburban environment.

Well-proportioned semi-detached houses on land designated with a strong planning restriction

Location

Avebury Road BR6

Local Authority

Bromley Council

Plot Type

Suburban

Project Type

New Build House

Accomplishment

Two houses on a plot designated Urban Open Space

Services by Urbanist Architecture

Project Architect, Planning Consultant, Lead Consultant

Collaborators

Indigo Surveys, Road Safety Consulting Ltd

Challenge

Many landowners feel that their property has unfairly been lumbered with a restrictive designation. They will claim that the council has unfairly stuck them in the Green Belt or in a conservation area, let’s say. Often just how things are, but sometimes something odd really has happened.

In this case, there was a small postwar house that had once been part of a school. The council had included the school in an area of Urban Open Space in its local policy map. When the house was sold off, the land it stood on continued to be considered UOS, even though to anyone passing by it looked like a typical suburban house on a suburban street.

The client felt that the house was poky and uncomfortable. They also felt that since the plot was over 500 sqm, there was plenty of room for two decent-sized houses rather than one that didn’t meet modern space standards. The challenge was that when Bromley council had turned down a previous application for the site seeking to get planning permission on Urban Open Space, it had made it clear that this was going to be treated as if it truly was land that needed to be protected.

Before & After

Architectural floor plan of the existing ground floor layout for a property on Avebury Road, Bromley (BR6). The plan details the spatial arrangement, including living areas, kitchen, and entrance. Surrounding the house, the layout shows the placement of trees and outdoor spaces within the plot, designated as Urban Open Space. This detailed schematic is crucial for understanding the current structure before embarking on new construction or renovation projects.

Solution

While the previous application for planning permission on Urban Open Space had been for two detached houses, our design was for a pair of semi-detached houses. As these, like the existing house, would be set at a right angle to the street, the depth of the buildings would be similar when seen from that side. Most of the extra built-up area would be away from the street, taking up a small part of the very large garden. In total, even though we would have two three-bedroom houses that met space standards instead of one that didn’t, the net reduction in undeveloped space was only 24sqm.

Conscious that however unjustified the Urban Open Space designation was, it was in place, we spent a lot of time and effort on landscaping, not only making sure that a protected tree would be completely unharmed, but adding new trees, bushes and rain gardens. Compared to the existing garden, we created a much richer, more biodiverse setting.

It turned out that this was not enough to persuade the council to grant planning permission on designated land. However, convinced (correctly, in our opinion) that this was a high-quality application, our client chose to appeal. The Planning Inspector carefully assessed the benefits of the two well-designed houses versus one unsatisfactory one and considered whether that would outweigh any harm to the Urban Open Space. He judged that the balance was clearly in favour of the new and better homes and gave our client permission via an appeal.

High-quality architectural rendering of semi-detached houses on Avebury Road, Bromley, designed by Urbanist Architecture. The image showcases two modern houses built on a plot designated as Urban Open Space. The houses feature brick facades with large windows, and are surrounded by lush landscaping, including vibrant flower beds and new trees. A car is parked in the driveway, emphasising the suburban setting.

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