A development of 12 new dwellings on an irregular shaped parcel of land within the rural village of Shadoxhurst, Kent.

TaylorHare were invited to prepare an outline planning application for up to 12 dwellings on a parcel of infill rural land within the village of Shadoxhurst, outside Ashford, Kent.

The design carefully responds to the sensitive rural character of the area, with modest massing sitting comfortably in between the scale of the surrounding buildings. The pattern of housing proposed to the north of the site follows that of the existing development to either side – and is carefully considered to match the scale and character of the surrounding residences. The low-density, low lying development comprises a mix of dwelling sizes from 2 and 3 bedroom semi-detached dwellings, through to detached family homes: all of which look to avoid the creation of over-sized rear gardens and unsustainable plot sizes.

A restrained palette of washed brickwork, timber and standing seam sheet profile roofs, the materials used look to build on and take reference from the adjacent properties, whilst adopting a sensitive and appropriate response to the site’s found character as well as wider context, views and appearance.

The proposals were unanimously granted outline planning at committee towards the later part of 2018. We have since been asked to develop the proposals further towards the submission of a full planning application with all matters reserved.

Project Team: Tim Hare, Christopher Taylor, Karl Bowers, Geoff Pomeroy, Charlie Hope

Type:Housing Client:Fdc Group Location:Ashford Size:1.74 hectares Budget:Confidential Status:RIBA Stage 3 Planning