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Avalon provides advice on an array of planning issues, adding value to larger or more complex projects, and providing a bespoke service to suit any requirement.
Avalon Planning & Heritage produced a series of Historic Environment Assessments of a number of site allocation which have been identified as part of the Preferred Options Local Plan Review 2016-2036. The HEAs identify how the historic buildings, townscapes and archaeology in and around the identified sites are sensitive to change, and how new development can be harnessed to contribute to enhancement and placemaking.
Avalon Planning & Heritage has been appointed to help Plymouth City Council with their HLF Heritage Horizons bid for the UK’s first National Marine Park at Plymouth Sound. The Sound has been a nationally important gateway for centuries and contains a rich and varied array of heritage assets: shipwrecks, lighthouses, forts, country estates and fishing villages. The Heritage Assessment examines the different layers of heritage value embodied in the Sound and charts opportunities for the Marine Park to bolster heritage conservation, engagement and interpretation.
We secured planning permission and listed building consent for the extensive refurbishment and extension of a Grade II listed cob cottage near Newton St Cyres in Mid Devon. The cottage dates to the C18th and has a fascinating history, incorporating an unusual double-height space which appears to have once been in use as a butchery. The scheme by Gale & Snowden architects replaces redundant later C19th extensions with new bedrooms and a morning room, with the double-height space bring converted to domestic use as a dining hall. A new swimming pool installed in the garden to the rear and energy supplied by solar photovoltaics and a ground source heat pump.
Working closely with a large multi-disciplinary team and with Officers at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Avalon Planning & Heritage has now secured a recommendation for approval for an exciting scheme which has been ongoing since the company’s inception. The redevelopment of the existing 3 storey site will deliver an exciting 8 storey mixed-use ground floor retail and upper floor office development finished in a contemporary style and contributing to the vibrant character of Whitechapel High St and the City of London.
Avalon Planning & Heritage has been appointed by Burrington Estates to secure planning permission and listed building consent for a new masterplan at Winslade Park, a former country estate in East Devon. The centrepiece, Winslade Manor, is a neo-palladian mansion, built for Sir Edward Cotsford (Sheriff of Devon) near the end of the 18th century. Immediately adjacent to the Georgian manor is a 1970s extension by renowned modernists Powell & Moya (also part of the listing). The site offers a highly unusual juxtaposition of contrasting styles.
Winslade Park is allocated for residential and employment uses, but the heritage sensitivities of the site, together with flood risk, ecological and parking requirements pose significant challenges to delivery.
Avalon Planning & Heritage was instructed in November 2019 to produce a Heritage Impact Assessment of proposals to alter Purdown BT Tower. The tower was built between 1969-70 for the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works, one of fourteen reinforced concrete telecommunications towers constructed by BT in the late 1960s as part of a point-to-point microwave relay network. The tower has sculptural qualities, which are recognised through its inclusion on the City of Bristol’s local list, and it sits within a Conservation Area and Registered Park.
Avalon Planning & Heritage continues to work on behalf of Beacon Comms and MBNL to support the roll out of 5G technology and infrastructure nationwide.
Our Heritage team at Avalon provided support including a very detailed Heritage Statement to obtain planning permission for the erection of an innovative new dwelling within a Grade II Registered Park & Garden formerly designed by the Rev John Swete. The gardens are also listed on the Historic England At Risk Register so an engaging and cooperative approach was required through the determination process. The private clients are excited to be building this unique home. Planning consent was granted in the summer of 2019.
Located at the highest point in Bristol, Cossham Hospital has undergone a number of alterations in recent years. As the Grade II listed hospital continues to evolve and adapt, it is important to carefully consider the wider heritage implications. Our Heritage team has been advising the North Bristol NHS Trust regarding this fascinating building.
Our Planning team are delighted to have obtained planning consent (October 2019) for the development of two wonderfully designed houses (architect – Paul Humphries Associates) within the extensive garden of an existing property in Budleigh Salterton. The new homes will provide spacious and sustainable family accommodation in this affluent seaside town.
The Planning team at Avalon have been working hard to achieve planning consent for the development of this impressive new house in the prestigious Birds Hill Estate (forming part of the Crown Estate) in Oxshott. The new family home provides spacious accommodation together with beautiful landscaped gardens and a large multi-vehicle garage. Works are due to commence in early 2020.
Our Planning team have successfully won an appeal for the conversion of a redundant rural golf centre building (October 2019), located in rural East Devon. The building will be converted into a wonderful family home and this case helps to set a precedent for the conversion of rural buildings located in similar areas.
The Planning team are excited to announce that we have successfully won an appeal for the erection of a rooftop extension to a prominent corner building in Walthamstow (Summer 2019). The extension will enhance the existing residential provision at upper floors in this commercial centre. This permission also helps to bring forwards an adjoining mixed use development, which will come to Planning in early 2020.
Avalon Planning & Heritage has successfully achieved planning permission for the conversion of a redundant former water pumping station (formerly fed Winkleigh Airfield), considered to be a non-designated heritage asset to a residential dwelling (Summer 2019). There were a number of difficult constraints, including flood risk, ecology and heritage. Officers bought into the conversion and the delivery of a new family home in this location, bringing the building back into a functional use.
Follow a successful pre-application process with LB Wandsworth, our planners are excited to have submitted a planning application for the erection of a new apartment building to accommodate for 7 new 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Located within earshot of the impressive Wandsworth Prison, the site forms part of the former social club for prison guards.
On behalf of GAP Group Ltd, the national plant hire company, Avalon Planning & Heritage provided professional heritage consultancy services to assist with the partial demolition and conversion of the former WWII listening station at Bodmin, immediately adjacent to the A30. The remaining buildings on site are largely non-descript, however the former use of the site and the key role that it played in gathering evidence during WWII provided for a fascinating history. The site will provide a crucial new depot and hire centre for the national operator, located in a sustainable position adjacent to the major trunk road.
In December 2018 and following favourable pre-application engagement with the London Borough of Ealing, Avalon Planning working with Base Associates achieved planning consent for the development of a part two/part three storey building on a challenging corner site to accommodate for 8 flats within a suburban residential environment. The Consultant team successfully managed to produce a scheme that makes best use of a poorly utilised parcel of land and without compromising the amenity of adjoining neighbours.
Working with Paul Humphries Architects in Exmouth, our planning team carefully coordinated a successful planning outcome following an earlier dismissal at appeal. After recommending some minor aesthetic tweaks to the scheme, Avalon Planning secured planning approval at East Devon Planning Committee in December 2018.
Please replace the title with – ‘Enhanced Local Centre, West Hill, East Devon’ and the following text - Following detailed consultation with local residents and the Council, Avalon Planning working with LHC architects are excited to announce that planning consent was approved at the East Devon Planning Committee (January 2019) where Members supported proposals for the extension and overall enhancement of the existing local market building in a prominent East Devon village. Proposals also include the delivery of a number of apartments. Members applauded the design approach and the increase in diversity of available housing.
Working alongside Base Associates, Avalon Planning & Heritage has recently submitted a planning and listed building consent application for the conversion of a former studio built for Joseph Harker's theatrical scenery painting business. The sympathetic residential led conversion seeks to retain and enhance a number of the historic features including the pulley system and the atrium roof.
Avalon Planning & Heritage has achieved full planning permission for the demolition of two detached dwellinghouses and the redevelopment to provide 28 apartments together with 15 vehicle parking spaces, landscaping and access. With the support of a robust Economic Viability Assessment from Affordable Housing S106, the scheme managed to avoid providing any affordable housing contribution.
Redevelopment of a former single storey commercial site located in a mews, to provide a bespoke designed 2.5 storey private dwelling. The development proposal had to consider a number of restrictive issues, such as the conservation area location, flood risk zone 2, daylight and sunlight impacts and no dedicated parking.
Avalon Planning worked alongside Base Associates (Architects) as part of an exercise to review the London Borough of Lambeth's Hostel portfolio. We used our planning and heritage expertise to assess each of the properties and recommend different development options with the emphasis on creating an uplift in bed spaces.
Our team is supremely proud to have worked with the charity Park Life and their team of volunteers together with local architect Sean Keaney to prepare such a welcome development to this part of central Exeter. The application was submitted in April 2018 and will be going before Committee in May 2018 with a recommendation for approval. The scheme received 90+ letters of support.
Demolition of existing single storey commercial building and the erection of a 5 storey mixed use, residential led development. Site is located directly adjacent to a listed railway viaduct. Close collaboration has therefore been necessary with Network Rail and mitigation measures have been put in place to reduce noise and vibration impact.
Existing private residence located in the open countryside and an Area of Great Landscape Value. Bespoke designed dwelling with a restrictive condition attached to the original consent restricting any future extensions. Avalon collaborated with the architect to design a substantial and sympathetically designed extension, obtaining planning permission in 2015.
Comprehensive development scheme. Prior approval consent obtained in 2013 to convert the office premises into 6 flats. Planning permission was then obtained for the conversion of the loft space to form an additional 2 bedroom flat together with external alterations. The final phase comprised the demolition of the existing single storey buildings at the rear and the redevelopment to provide 2 standalone houses.