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Design and planning for Emsworth Arts and Crafts house

Daniells Harrison Chartered Surveyors have designed and recently received approval for alternative plans for a five bedroom detached house, on a highly desirable plot of land, just a short stroll from the water in the picturesque harbour town of Emsworth.

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Emsworth waterfront – the plot of land is just behind the central properties in the image

The proposal is to construct an Arts and Crafts style dwelling on the plot of land situated adjacent to heritage property, Saxted House. The Grade II Listed building is of late 18th century construction and was built by a local shipping merchant.

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Saxted House

The original Saxted House plot included a very large garden. Planning permission was granted in 2003 to subdivide the plot for the construction of two detached dwellings. Only one of these was built whilst the remaining plot was kept by the previous owner of Saxted House.

Having now made the decision to build on the plot, the current landowner didn’t feel the 2003 design was sympathetic to the surrounding properties, so they appointed Gary Wensley RIBA, head of our Architectural team, to design a new dwelling and apply for planning permission.

The Emsworth Conservation Area Character Appraisal lists Saxted House as being one of the most significant buildings within the Conservation Area and is ‘considered to contribute positively to the character of the Conservation Area’.

Gary’s design intention was to create an individually designed family dwelling with its own identity sympathetic to the position it occupies. The new house is in a ‘cruciform’ shape, with use of traditional materials. The intention is to minimise the impact of a ‘New Build’ upon its environment within the Conservation Area.

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plans for Emsworth arts and craft house

The remainder of the plot will be sympathetically landscaped to enhance and maintain its setting within the AONB guidelines.

The plans, including a Design and Heritage statement, have been approved by the local authority, with a view to commencing the build later this year.

You can view our full range of Architectural design and planning services. Please contact Gary Wensley RIBA with any enquiries.