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Mire Syke Lane
6 New-build Detached Houses

  • Location

    Scotton, Nr Knaresborough

  • Completion Date


Together with a local planning consultancy and Landscape Architect (respectively Northern Planners in Knaresborough and Sarah Lakin Landscape Architects), we successfully obtained outline planning approval for 6 new dwellings on a 0.7-acre site on the edge of the village of Scotton, near Knaresborough.

The site was previously a grassed field, edged by trees and hedges and flanked by housing on all three sides. The proposed development was for a small cluster of houses, 2 no. (4-bed) detached and 4 no. (2-bed) semi-detached.

The design approach for the new housing was to blend the traditional materiality with a more contemporary overall look.

We carried out a detailed assessment of the local architectural character and urban patterns in order to develop a design rationale. We found that there are a variety of architectural ‘styles’ and levels of quality within the locality that sit within a general palette of stone or a stone and render combination. Brick is more of an exception in this area. Therefore, the design would utilise stone and possibly render to a greater or lesser degree.

A series of measures were proposed to mitigate against the impact of the proposed development. These included planting new trees and hedges in strategic locations in relation to the new access and housing.