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Luxury Five Home Development Approved

CWL has recently assisted another happy client through the planning process, enabling them to move forward with a luxury five unit housing development in rural Essex.

The site:

As you can see from our drone and measured surveys below, the plot is a modest size at circa 6385qm and is situated centrally within a rural Essex village.

Access to the site is made via a private road which runs along side neighbouring properties. As part of the development, an agreement has been made between our client and the owner of a neighbouring plot, allowing for an increase in access width totalling circa 6m.

Aerial Survey
Measured Survey

The Proposal:

Aside from the increase in access, we have proposed five new luxury four bed homes each with a ground floor foot print of circa 165sqm. All sat on appropriately sized plots, which include garage and drive space for two-three cars.

Much consideration was given to the arrangement of the new properties and we feel that the approved layout (below) utilises the space well, while providing privacy and clear access to all properties.

Approved Site Layout

As to the units themselves, after consultation with the LPA and our client a ‘traditional’ aesthetic was decided upon, and the following designs were approved.

Internal Layout

All based on essentially the same internal layout, each unit type incorporates an individual but complimenting facade.

Unit Type A& B Elevations
Unit Type C&D Elevations
Garage Proposals


As some may have noticed, there is still potential for further development of the available space. Additional units of a similar size could be proposed or even split, and the existing property could potentially be removed to allow for a more densely developed proposal.

To illustrate this, we have generated an example layout which incorporates twelve units. To achieve this we utilise both four and two bed detached and terraced homes (please see the design below). Although the twelve unit proposal below has not been officially submitted to the LPA, we are confident that a more densely arranged development would be welcomed if it were to be applied for.

Expanded Proposal


Going Forward:

Our client is now looking to sell the plot and property with the planning permissions as they presently stand. Current valuations have the expected sale price in the region of £1.6 million. If you would be interested in purchasing, please feel free to get in touch with us to arrange an introduction.


Single Storey Proposal.

Here’s another set of sketches for a single storey extension. The existing home could do with a little more space and a more contemporary layout suited to the clients needs/way of living.

Therefore we are proposing an affordable single storey rear extension and a new front porch, along with a rejig of the existing ground floor layout and a simplification of the outdoor space.


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Existing floor plans

Existing elevations

Proposed floor plans

Proposed elevations


More Water Colours

Water colour sketches for a contemporary loft conversion in Essex.

The existing property shares as similar roof construction as its neighbour. Here we are proposing a timber framed, zinc clad flat GRP roofed loft conversion, incorporating matching brickwork to the side elevation. Additional light and roof access is provided via two sky lights over the extensions new roof and one in the existing roof directly over the existing/extended stairwell. This proposal provides an additional 20SQM+ of living space to an already spacious property.



New Equipment

Something new to add to the survey equipment list. The Reach RS from Emlid is an ingenious, rugged, precise, yet affordable RTK GNSS receiver, used in a pair (similarly to more traditional survey equipment) this kit is able to provide 5mm XY and 10m Z accuracy. This enables us to provide GPS location for both our Laser and Drone surveys. For more info, take a look at Emlid’s website at www.reachrs.emlid.com.