High quality design rural housing approved in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

21st February, 2020

Pro Vision has won planning approval for a housing scheme on a former farm in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The development in the village of Ball Hill, near Newbury, would replace a dilapidated farmhouse, associated outbuildings and industrial storage units, with seven, new high-quality homes, parking and landscaping.

Sensitively designed in the form of a traditional farm courtyard, the houses would include a new principal farmhouse and dwellings similar in style to a stable block and threshing barn. The housing mix comprises two five-bedroom, three four-bedroom and two three-bedroom dwellings.

Pro Vision helped the client win permission for the seven-home scheme in two stages.  Earlier this month (Feb 5), the development control committee of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council approved three detached dwellings at Knights Farm in addition to an existing permission for four live-work units obtained by Pro Vision in 2017.

Recommending the recent application for approval, planning officers in a written report to the committee said the proposals represent: “a noticeable visual enhancement due to the removal of unattractive buildings and erection of high quality and visually compatible structures within the rural environment. Therefore, the proposals would not have an adverse impact on the scenic beauty of this part of the AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and its appreciation as a special landscape destination would be maintained.”

Katherine Miles, a director of Pro Vision, said clear understanding of the planning policy framework, in-house architecture and ecology services helped secure permission in this protected landscape area.

Ms Miles said: “We are delighted to be able to help our clients achieve their objectives while at the same time designing attractive buildings that provide much-needed new housing and enhance the natural beauty of the protected landscape.”