Following a personal recommendation from another client, Extra Room were in the process of building an external garden room that was to be used as a home office when our project manager was shown a rough sketch of a proposed extension that was to provide, amongst other things, a bathroom and bedroom for the proud parents’ teenage daughter.

The stunning ground floor toilet at Manor Court

Unfortunately the local authority did not feel that consent could be given for the proposed development as the property was a converted stables for the local manor house which dated back to 1883 and was situated on the greenbelt with original decorative features.

Thanks to our knowledge and experience we were confident that we could help the owners of the property realise their dreams and offered to pursue the planning for the project on their behalf, to which they agreed.

Difficult Planning Application

Having been involved with difficult planning applications in the past we arranged a meeting with the local authority planning officer, after itemising all of the negative points which the planning officer felt had reduced the viability of the project we began to look for solutions to the objections.

With the help of our in-house architectural designer, Mikko, Extra Room set out to remedy the problems identified by the planning officer while working through no less than five schemes for the internal floor plan – working with the family to provide the best possible layout for them evolving our initial ideas into a design that offered the perfect living space.

Comprehensive Package

Using our comprehensive package which included an external plan, internal floor layouts, a street scene to demonstrate the new designs’ impact on the local environment , a report from an ecological expert and a design and access statement clearly identifying the benefits of the proposed development to the house and the surrounding area we applied for planning permission.

“As part of our presentation we showed a new scheme working with the information that we had collected and created a design with two new wings being built on the sides of the existing converted stable - this more than doubled the size of the original property...”

The stunning bespoke boot room at Manor Court

It came as no surprise following this comprehensive research and design phase that we were successful in obtaining the required planning permission without any conditions and with no need to appeal.

After our successful application we obtained the required building notice and carried out the works according to the submitted plans. The works were complete within 5 months with no hidden charges or any extra costs to our client and we’re sure you’ll agree that the results are stunning...

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Originally built in 1883, Extra Room Limited sensitively renovated and added two wings to each end of the property. The works included a bespoke kitchen and a made to measure hand carved geometric staircase.


— Mr & Mrs Hunter


— 2012

Project Type

  • House Extension
  • Double Storey
  • Block, Steel, Timber

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