A green light has been given for the development of new apartments near to Farnham town centre thanks to a planning application which demonstrated that these valuable units of accommodation would contribute to housing provision in the Waverley Borough.
The planning application proposed the demolition of an existing 1.5 storey office building and in it’s place, the erection of one dwelling, four apartments and one coach house with associated parking. The frontage of the building has been cleverly designed by HRP Architects Ltd to appear as terraced dwellings; in keeping with the characteristics of the local area.
Internally, the accommodation has been laid out to maximise space and natural light; with primary rooms benefitting from a southern orientation. The properties will also benefit from added sustainability methods including low flow toilets and water efficient taps for wash basins to help reduce internal water consumption to 110 litres per person per day, ‘A’ rated electrical appliances, energy saving light fittings and secure cycle storage to encourage sustainable modes of transport.
The new development is made up of two bedroom properties which falls in line with the greatest need of housing type for the local area; two and three bedroom units. As part of the submission, ET Planning described how the Ministerial Statement for Growth, which outlines the “Governments clear expectation is that the answer to development and growth should wherever possible be ‘yes’ except where this would compromise the key sustainable development principles set out in the national planning policy”, indeed supports the proposed development. As the site is located within an area where development is acceptable in principle, and it would provide six two-bedroom properties suitable for couples or young families, ET Planning explained that the proposal did not compromise the sustainability objectives of Waverley Borough Council. The application was approved under delegated powers.