Pro Vision secures planning permission for five new homes at former farm

22nd July, 2020

Pro Vision has won full planning permission for five new homes on a former farm in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The scheme for two three-bedroom, two four-bedroom and one five-bedroom house on a brownfield site at Whitway Farm was approved by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

The one-hectare site, previously industrial units and prior to that a poultry farm, lies in a countryside location outside the settlement area of Burghclere.

Landowner Berkshire Pallets had already obtained outline permission for five detached dwellings on the site east of White Hill/Winchester Road.

The latest application, approved earlier this month (July 10) by planning officers using their delegated powers, dealt with reserved matters including, layout, design, landscaping, scale and appearance.

Pro Vision planner, Laura Black, said: “Naturally our client is thrilled with this result. Not only does this permission maximise the value of a brownfield site, but the removal of the large, redundant storage buildings and concrete hard standing and their replacement with five sensitively designed dwellings will benefit the local area, boosting the supply of housing.”

Designed by Pro Vision architects, the houses are of traditional construction with oak frame features, timber clad walls and clay tile roofs. The roofs are a mixture of hips and barn hips while some will have dormers and projecting gable features. The dwellings have generous glazing elements and are orientated to maximise distant countryside views. None are taller than two-storeys to reduce visual impact.

The council’s planning decision report praised the design and use of building materials as “sympathetic to the character and visual amenity of the rural area.”

Given the previously developed nature of the tree-lined site, the scheme would not harm the special landscape quality of the AONB, said the report.

Pro Vision successfully dealt with concerns, including surface water drainage, trees, layout and ecology. Specialist reports submitted with the application included a wildlife protection and habitat enhancement scheme, reptile mitigation strategy and biodiversity monitoring strategy. The site supports a medium population of slow worms and grass snakes which are protected by law.

Pro Vision provided planning, architecture and ecology services.