Sayers Common Housing Development

Project Details

Location: Sayers Common, nr Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex
Local Authority: Mid Sussex District Council
Size: 435m2 New Build
Completed: 2016

A new development of 3 houses in a Sussex village setting, using traditional materials with a contemporary twist to maximise space and natural daylighting.

A site in the Sussex village of Sayers Common was identified for development by the owners. The site had a number of dilapidated structures on it, including iron roofed sheds and brick outbuildings and was in proximity to a listed house to the north of the site.

We provided initial assistance to consider options and following consideration early discussion with the planning authority suggested two dwelling might be possible. This design was subject to Conservation Officer’s comments due to possible impact on the setting of an adjacent listed building.

Our proposal created a simple symmetrical building form incorporating a pair of 3 bedroom semi-detached properties offering smaller family homes and 1 no. four bedroom detached property with integral garaging.

A planning application was made for a pair of semidetached houses and detached house and therefore three dwellings maintained the form of two separate entities reflecting the client’s desire for additional dwellings and planning requirement.

The appearance of the scheme reflects traditional Sussex materials using local clay facing brickwork to the ground floor, plain tile hanging to the first floor under a plain tiled roof. The layout of the properties makes the most of east and west aspects with open family living space linked to the kitchen maximising light.  The eave height was important so the houses maintain the original scale of the road.

There has been positive local feedback towards the scheme and the houses were sold on completion.




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