WILLOW FARM, CHOBHAM

About This Project

Our initial brief was to design a stunning country property built on the site of a former equestrian centre, set within 50 acres of land in the Green Belt.

Ascot Design carried out a detailed analysis of the existing use and buildings to establish the full potential of any new redevelopment. The solution is a single residence, with classically influenced external appearance and an interior that suits modern living requirements.

To minimise the impact to the openness of the Green Belt, it makes good use of underground accommodation with a basement leisure complex. To complement the main house, former outbuildings were replaced within a courtyard of mews-style buildings for staff accommodation, garaging and storage areas.

Our comprehensive planning application included reports from arboricultural, ecological, contamination, flooding, highway and landscaping consultants to justify the special circumstances and reasons why our scheme should be approved.

Having been successful in achieving a planning consent, our client reviewed the sales market and asked us to submit an alternative application for two houses based on the same total floor area as the consented single house. The scheme was completely redesigned to the new brief and our client was delighted that we secured a second planning approval.

The two planning consents increased the value of the land to such an extent, that before taking the project forward, our client received a substantial offer for the property and subsequently sold the site.