Arbury House

This residential new build project is an infill plot at the rear of Arbury House to provide a new 1.5 storey four bedroom dwelling house.

The proposal makes efficient use of the large site by providing additional residential accommodation within the village boundary. It has a detached garage to the side with first floor accommodation above. Existing buildings are two storeys high with clay tile pitched roofs.


Arbury House, Ashwell

Build Cost

Not disclosed

Client Name

Private Client

Arbury House is constructed of brick, while the garage is weather boarded. The garden slopes away from the road towards the rear of the property where there is a hard surfaced tennis court. The proposal sites the new dwelling here.

The surrounding residential area has a consistent character, with many local buildings constructed circa 1960. The site is located at the end of a row of houses to the north-west of Newnham Way. Well-screened by mature trees, this is an edge location as the village frays into an adjacent field.

Design has been informed by careful study of its site and surroundings along Newnham Way, its potential relationship to adjoining properties, the planning history of the site and nearby properties, existing boundary features, the character and appearance of the area; with a clear focus on the applicant’s needs and living requirements.

The proposed development is for the construction of a single infill dwelling at the rear of Arbury House, comprising 4 bedrooms, a separate access to the current dwelling and on-site parking. A careful, L-shaped layout uses the available land efficiently whilst respecting its surroundings at the end of the long sloping garden and ensuring that the view from the current dwelling is not unduly affected.

Careful cottage design respects the character of the village, whilst a suitable palette of materials will be selected to ensure that the new house is congruous with its surrounding landscape. For example, a slate roof and pale brown weather-boarded external walls. The dwelling will be set within its own garden, providing a good amount of outdoor amenity space to the future residents. Existing mature trees to the rear of the site will be retained. New hedgerow planting and a fence along the edge of the site fronting onto the bridleway will enhance existing natural screening.