In October 2018, Williams Lester achieved planning consent for a development of 18 no. high quality homes designed in the Arts and Crafts period style, close to the village of Churt, in rural Surrey, on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The project was commissioned to specifically reference the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens, Arts and Crafts' greatest exponent. It was extensively praised for its design by the local planning department and its Planning Committee. The house designs reflect the key characteristics of the period; steeply pitched tiled roofs with sweeping gables; tall, richly corbelled red brick chimneys, and first floor windows tucked under generous eaves. Both the hard and soft landscaping will be commensurate in its quality to the architecture and is intended to harmonise with the natural surroundings.
In addition to providing much needed new homes of mixed sizes, the development will greatly enhance a site currently dominated by the decaying glass houses of a former nursery. It will also provide the opportunity for wildlife mitigation and extensive planting of indigenous trees.
We are delighted to see the project progress, as we are currently working on the Technical Design stage and look forward to construction. We have also provided visualisations, including CGI's and an animation.