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We have been working with a family in south Derbyshire who want to redesign and extend their home. They own a 1930s detached house with a large garden and spectacular views across the Peak District National Park. Work has already begun to rearrange and refurbish the existing house and we had developed with the Client a design for a striking two storey wrap around extension that opens the living space to the gardens and views. At first floor, three new bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and dramatic window openings are to be created.
The Application was originally refused by the local planning authority but has since gained approval from the Planning Inspectorate who confirmed that the National Planning Policy Framework does not seek to impose architectural styles or stifle innovation but accepts that it is proper to seek to promote or reinforce local distinctiveness. It was considered that the proposal represents a high quality, contemporary addition and that the design would positively enhance the character and appearance of the area, in accordance with the local development plan.