Court Lodge Farm

Set within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this scheme seeks to replace a collection of existing farm buildings with five new dwellings, forming a collective farmstead entity.

Although initially appointed to undertake the technical design phase of a previously consented scheme, TaylorHare ended up working with the client to improve the scheme’s layout and design, before submitting a new planning application.

Our proposal sought to replace the agricultural buildings with a group of five houses, contemporary in design, but with agricultural vernacular overtones, each having a garden and parking. These new buildings are positioned to frame an existing external yard space, which in character is similar to the historic farmyard that the previous agricultural buildings orientated around.

Constructed in cross-laminated timber and red brick, these new dwellings aim to be of high quality, contextual design, combined with sustainable construction. In their detail and materiality, they make reference to the material fabric of the listed farmhouse at the front of the site, yet employ modern fabrication techniques.

Internally, the homes are naturally lit, well spaced and have a strong connection to the landscape, with whitewashed exposed brickwork and exposed ceiling beams giving character to a modern interior.

After a positive experience sharing the plans with the local parish council, planning permission for the new scheme was granted in November 2018. Since then, TaylorHare have produced a full technical package of drawings and provided support throughout the construction of this sensitive scheme, which was completed earlier this year.

Project Team: Tim Hare, Ian Titherington, Geoff Pomeroy

Type:Housing Client:Fdc Group Location:Canterbury Size:1.24 acres Budget:Confidential Status:Built