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New Prior Notification Extension (6m Permitted Development) – North Oxford

New Prior Notification Extension (6m Permitted Development) – North Oxford

This is an example of what can be achieved under the Prior Notification Permitted Development process, which is available until May 2019. It doubles the amount of extension depth which can be achieved under permitted development, in this case from 3m to 6m.

For example, usually a terraced house only as 3m of permitted development for rear extensions (from the ‘original back wall’). If the neighbours don’t object this can be increased to 6m deep, with a height of 3m at the eaves and 4m at the ridge externally – the only caveat is the the neighbour must not object!

Another good reason to get on with one’s neighbours then…

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Extensions to 3 Storey House in Holton, Oxforshire

Extensions to 3 Storey House in Holton, Oxforshire

This project was for alterations and extensions to an existing 3 storey house in Holton, South Oxfordshire. The clients were heavily involved in the whole project management and construction process, expertly helped by Sturmark Construction Services.

The house was in the Green belt and would ordinarily have been only allowed to be extended by 40% of the original volume. However, with help from planning consultants JPPC in Oxford the clients used their permitted development (PD) rights to establish that significantly more volume could be obtained via PD. Hence, at planning, this could be used as leverage to give them what they wanted.

Architects – PPA Architecture Ltd
Structural Engineers – Tarik Beshir
Builders – Sturmark Construction Services

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New Single Storey Kitchen Extension – Summertown, Oxford

New Single Storey Kitchen Extension – Summertown, Oxford

This project was undertaken to extend an existing cramped kitchen into a new kitchen/living/dining/garden room structure. It took a while to get through the planning process, despite providing a ‘fallback’ position through an initial Permitted Development application, but through patience, tenacity and negotiation on the part of PPA and the clients the scheme succeeded. The compromise (which ended up being a positive benefit) of providing a split-level space and lowering the eaves in relation to the neighbour ended up really helping to zone the kitchen and dining areas well.

Design by PPA Architecture Ltd
Structural Engineering by Tarik Beshir
Kitchen by Harvey Jones Oxford

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New Side-return Kitchen Extension to Existing Edwardian Semi-detached House – East Oxford

New Side-return Kitchen Extension to Existing Edwardian Semi-detached House – East Oxford

There are so many ‘L’ shaped terraced and semi-detached houses of this period on Oxford. Most have the alley to the side of the kitchen, and this infill development makes great use of that space. Prior to 2008 it used to be possible under permitted development – now it needs planning permission and is subject to all the ‘rights to light’ provisions.

This house had a little more room adjacent to the neighbour, so this was a little easier. We kept the external eaves height below 2.4m which overcame ‘rights to light’ issues.

The brief was to make good use of the side alley, whilst not compromising the detail of the existing french window access into what would become the middle room. In addition we needed to get plenty of light in at this point. We designed a purpose-made ‘lightbox’ incorporating the valley detail at this point.

Design by PPA Architecture Ltd
Structural engineering by THB Consulting Engineers
Construction work by Sturmark Construction Services
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New rear kitchen extension, Osney Island, Oxford

New rear kitchen extension, Osney Island, Oxford

This was an interesting extension project on a tight site with limited access. The side walls of an existing rather dark extension remained and the rear was re-roofed and opened up to create a much lighter family space. The bathroom at first floor was also rationalised and refurbished.

Design by PPA Architecture Ltd
Structural engineering by THB Consulting Engineers
Construction by Sturmark Construction Services

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New Two Storey Study and Kitchen Extension in Marston, Oxfordshire

New Two Storey Study and Kitchen Extension in Marston, Oxfordshire

This was a project for a small extension to extend an existing semi-detached house in Marston, Oxford. Whilst being small, providing a ground floor breakfast area and first floor study extension, complexity in the construction was added the amount of glass required by the client. This meant that a steel frame was necessary for support at the rear. Sometimes small changes can make huge differences, and the client was really delighted with the result, and the builder.

Design by PPA Architecture
Structural design by THB Consulting Engineers
Construction by J&G Construction

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New Rear Kitchen Extension to Listed Building, Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire

New Rear Kitchen Extension to Listed Building, Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire

Mr and Mrs G, Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire, 2006

“Mr Pritchard came personally recommended to us earlier this year. We engaged him to help with conceptual ideas and subsequently draw up plans to submit for Planning Permission. He was very  attentive and quickly grasped our requirements for this project. We were kept informed on all communications with the local Listed Building and Planning officers and were very happy that the whole process went so smoothly. We feel that Mr Pritchard offers a thoroughly professional level of service and have no hesitation in recommending his architectural services.”

Design of New Three Storey Stone House, Kingham, Oxfordshire

Design of New Three Storey Stone House, Kingham, Oxfordshire

Design of New Three Storey Stone House, Kingham, Oxfordshire

“The process of building our own house was such a privilege and delight and we would love to repeat the process! We now enjoy living in a home that PPA Architecture helped us fashion for our use and fits us wonderfully as a family and brings much delight and pleasure to all of us each day.”

Mr and Mrs B, Kingham 2008

New Two Storey Extensions and Loft, North Oxford

New Two Storey Extensions and Loft, North Oxford

This was a project which needed to get started on site quickly. We made initial enquiries to the planners whilst the house conveyancing was still ongoing. The planning and building regulations processes were undertaken concurrently, and a negotiated contract agreed with the builder so that work could commence immediately. The contractor, Greenoak, did an amazing job.

Design by PPA Architecture
Structural Engineering by THB Consulting Engineers
Building works by Greenoak Construction

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New Contemporary Two Storey Extension, Abingdon

New Contemporary Two Storey Extension, Abingdon

This was a really interesting project to deal with. The original house was a Victorian double fronted cottage and the clients wanted both to work with the existing detailing, and also to express that the changes were ‘of their time.’ The proposed solution sought to marry these two ideas, keeping the front details and using the massing of the existing gable but utilising more open glazed areas to the rear.

Design by PPA Architecture
Structural Engineering by THB Consulting Engineers
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