Projects: Conservation areas, listed buildings, national parks

We’re very lucky to have a wealth of beautiful historic structures, traditional village centres and protected rural areas throughout Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

However, if your home or business premises is a listed building, or is based within a local conservation area or a national park, making changes can be a complicated process.

But it’s certainly not impossible. With careful consideration and respect for the heritage of a building – and its location – Whitfield Architects can help you by producing designs that have a realistic chance of obtaining planning permission from the local authority. We can also advise on building regulations and the construction process. 

A few of our recent heritage projects are detailed below – all with planning approval. If you’d like to know more, or would like a quote from us, please drop us an email at hello@whitfieldarchitects.com.

New guest cottage for a grade-II-listed home – Carnforth 
  • Listed building within a conservation area
  • Services: Design, planning permission (approved), listed building consent (approved), building regulations compliance (achieved), construction support.
  • Shortlisted for the LABC Awards 2019.

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Enhancements to a house of historic importance Cheadle Hulme
  • Listed building within a conservation area
  • Services: Design, planning permission (approved) and listed building consent (approved).
  • Further work on this project is currently underway.

COMMENT BY PLANNING AUTHORITY: “It is clear that the design of these proposals has been carefully considered and will result in an enhancement of the special historic and architectural interest of the existing building, as well as serving to preserve and enhance the special character and appearance of the conservation area.”

Kitchen extension within a conservation area Cheadle village
  • Period property in a conservation area (also featured within our kitchen extensions portfolio)
  • Services: Design, planning permission (approved) and building regulations compliance (achieved).

CLIENT REVIEW: “We had an excellent service from Mark, so clear and helpful and he saw us through every process of the design, planning and regulations, carefully explaining what wasn’t clear to me.”

Farmhouse extension in the Hope Valley Peak District National Park, Derbyshire
  • Historic listed farmstead within a national park
  • Services: Design and planning permission (approved).

 

Kitchen extension with crittal-style windows Cheadle Hulme
  • Period property within a conservation area (also featured within our kitchen extensions portfolio)
  • Services: Design, planning permission (approved) and building regulations compliance (achieved).

CLIENT REVIEW: “We are so pleased with the extension. I thought Mark was particularly good at listening to what we wanted from the extension and then designing the extension to meet those needs. He has made best use of the space available and the kitchen is such a bright and airy space and is exactly what we wanted. Plus we have the bonus of a shower room and utility. Mark was really helpful and professional all through the process. We can’t wait to make the most of our new space.”

COMMENT BY PLANNING AUTHORITY: “It is considered that the proposed changes to the dwelling respond well to its physical context and respect the positive character of the local Conservation Area.”

Improvements to a detached Edwardian lodge Didsbury 
  • Period property within a conservation area
  • Services: Design, planning permission (approved) and building regulations compliance (achieved).
  • Construction due to start soon.

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