Residential - Four New Dwellings

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Location: Dickleburgh - South Norfolk

Date: May 2016

Planning permission was secured for a four dwelling development on a greenfield site on the edge of the Norfolk village of Dickleburgh. A contemporary design approach was successfully negotiated notwithstanding part of the site is in a Conservation Area. The development, featuring very generously proportioned double storey dwellings, was approved by South Norfolk's Planning Committee in mid-2016.

New Dwelling - Listed Setting

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Location: Hoxne - Suffolk

Date: January 2014

Durrants successfully negotiated planning consent for an infill development in Hoxne, Suffolk. Set within the grounds of a Grade II listed farm cottage, the development comprises a four bedroom, double storey house with integral double garage. Planning challenges were significant, notably ensuring the design responded positively to the setting of the listed cottage. The design features open plan living at first floor to maximise views across the Suffolk countryside. The first floor celebrates solid timber framing in the form of expressed oak frames. A large balcony features in the eastern elevation, adding an outdoor ambience to the first floor living areas.

Residential - New Dwelling

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Location: Rockland All Saints - Breckland

Date: February 2015

Durrants gained planning permission and building regulations approval for a replacement dwelling with detached garage/workshop. The house replaced a bungalow of low grade construction that was in a state of poor repair. The roof is set at a pitch based on local vernacular for traditional clay plain tiles and the hips and gables gives the building appropriate visual balance. Sustainability features include low carbon heating and power solar panels to the south facing roof and a rainwater harvesting tank that provides water for toilets, washing machine and external taps, saving up to 50% water consumption of an average home.

Residential - Side Garden Building Plot

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Location: Diss - South Norfolk

Durrants successfully secured planning consent in early 2017 for the creation of a building plot within the side garden of a property in Diss. Although a tightly constrained site, through careful siting and design, permission was gained for a three bedroom, two storey dwelling with integral garaging. The approved dwelling takes its design cues from the surrounding estate development, ensuring the building will appear as a sensitive addition to the area once built. The securing of planning permission has realised a significant uplift in the value of the property.

Residential - Rear Garden Building Plot

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Location: Harleston - South Norfolk

Durrants successfully created a building plot in the rear garden of a residential property in the market town of Harleston. Approved by South Norfolk in early 2017, the development comprises a three bedroom bungalow with integral garaging. Careful consideration had to be given to the interface to the existing dwelling on the site, with a shared driveway introduced along the southern boundary. The securing of planning permission realised a significant uplift in the value of the property.

Farm Building Conversion

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Location: Tibenham

With the introduction of permitted development rights for farm building conversions in 2014, Durrants has successfully negotiated numerous planning approvals across Norfolk and Suffolk for the conversion of more modern farm buildings into dwellings. This 2016 example in Tibenham, illustrates how a redundant agricultural building can be modified for re-use by providing a dwelling that meets all of today's living standards.

Residential Conversion

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Location: Bunwell - South Norfolk

Date: March 2016

Durrants successfully negotiated a prior approval from South Norfolk Council for the residential conversion of a former piggery building. The conversion will see the reuse of an otherwise redundant agricultural building for residential purposes. Comprising two dwellings, the contemporary design offers an open plan layout for each dwelling. The internal conversion works seek to make the most of the rural outlook while the exterior work is carefully designed to maintain the original rural character of the building.

Farm Building Conversion in Listed Setting

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Location: Suffolk

Permitted development rights were secured in 2017 for the conversion of a farm building to a dwelling south of the River Blyth, east of Halesworth. Maximising the existing building footprint, the internal area of the approved dwelling is substantial, with very generous open plan living spaces a feature of the layout. Heritage was a key consideration for the Suffolk Coastal District Council, as the building is located in the grounds of a Grade II listed farmhouse.

Farm Building Conversion - Two Dwellings

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Location: Diss - South Norfolk

Date: January 2014

Planning permission was acquired for the conversion of a former granary and milking parlour building into two residential units. The buildings occupy a rural site set in the open countryside on the outskirts of Diss. Although not listed, the building is of historic merit and the conversion works represent sensitive alterations, allowing the original form and historic integrity of the building to be preserved and enhanced. Generous roof terraces are a feature, providing elevated outdoor space connected directly with first floor living areas. As with many conversions of this scale and buildings of this age, structural stability was a key issue, with Durrants completing a detailed structural assessment to demonstrate the works could be undertaken without compromising the building's structural integrity.

Change of Use and Residential Conversion

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Location: Diss - South Norfolk

In 2015 Durrants gained gaining planning permission and building regulations approval for the change of use of a former shop building into a three bedroom house. Nestled in the Norfolk countryside, the characterful building features Norfolk flint with stone mullion gothic windows. The design incorporates a visually discrete porch and features a double height, open plan living space at ground floor. The first floor accommodates three bedrooms and bathroom, with conservation roof lights minimising the impact on the existing roof profile. The design includes cast iron rainwater pipes and gutters, glazed pantiles and bespoke hardwood timber sliding windows.

Commercial - Vehicle Maintenance Building and Offices

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Location: Eye - Suffolk

Date: September 2016

Durrants secured planning permission and project managed the construction phase of a vehicle maintenance building for a Suffolk based entertainment haulage company at a former World War II airfield site in Eye. The building is primarily a steel portal frame structure with 500m2 of workshop space equipped with three 20 metre long service pits and a mezzanine for storage. The roof features 98 solar panels with electricity generated to be used by the haulage company once construction is complete. The building also provides much needed administration and welfare space for company staff. Externally the site provides parking for over 40 haulage trailers and a wash down facility. The building will be the main headquarters for the company for many years to come.

Commercial / Sustainability

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Location: Beccles - Suffolk

Date: March 2016

Durrants gained planning permission and subsequently project managed the construction phase of a biomass boiler system at a large country estate in Suffolk. The boiler system serves the whole of the 18th century estate which includes a Grade II listed hall and holiday accommodation lodges. The heating system comprises a 195Kw biomass boiler, woodchip store with feeding auger and a freestanding twin wall insulated flue, projecting 11 metres above ground level. Set within a highly sensitive curtilage of a grand listed hall, the system is housed in a purpose-built outbuilding of domestic scale and design. Planning approval was secured following collaborative working with the local authority's Conservation Officer prior to application lodgement.

Commercial - Business Park

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Location: Business Park

In 2015 Durrants successfully negotiated multiple planning approvals from the Broads Authority to facilitate the expansion of an existing business park. The development involved a complex mix of planning requirements, including permitted development rights for changes of use, demolition, extensions to commercial buildings and retrospective works. Additionally, there were a number of planning challenges to be addressed, including flooding (proximity to the River Waveney), Conservation Area impacts, access and native planting issues.

Residential Development - Site Allocation and Planning Permission Secured

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Location: Thurlton - South Norfolk

Date: March 2016

Durrants were successful in having this greenfield site designated in the South Norfolk Local Plan for 20 dwellings. Durrants subsequently secured planning permission for a 27 dwelling development. The approved development features single and double storey houses set around an attractive landscaped open space area. South Norfolk Council's Planning Committee voted unanimously in favour of the development in March 2016. The scheme will provide high quality new homes in the village, including much needed affordable homes for local residents. The shared landscaped amenity spaces to the front and central part of the site, together with a playground, will serve as a long term community asset for future residents of the scheme as well as residents of the village.

Residential - Site Allocation and Planning Permission Secured

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Location: Brooke - South Norfolk

Date: March 2016

Originally a greenfield site located outside the development boundary, Durrants were successful in having this site allocated in the South Norfolk Local Plan for eight dwellings. Durrants then gained planning consent for the redevelopment of the former piggery into 13 dwellings. Through the removal of the redundant agricultural buildings and construction of quality housing, the scheme will significantly enhance the appearance of the site, positively impacting the setting of the adjacent village. The proposal also sees the upgrade, improvement and extension of the existing farm cottages, enhancing the site's gateway entrance. Affordable housing is a key element of the scheme.

Residential - Planning Permission Secured

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Location: Stradbroke Mid-Suffolk

In March 2016 Durrants secured planning approval for a 44 dwelling development on the edge of Stradbroke. The site context was particularly sensitive, featuring two listed buildings, two historic barns, an exceptional moated site, all set within a Conservation Area. With a visual connection to the village and open countryside, the context demanded a highly respectful design response. The approved development features the conversion of historic barns and housing design reflecting the aspirations of the Suffolk Design Guide. Flooding, ecology, heritage, landscaping, viability and structural challenges were carefully considered and resolved by Durrants in partnership with its sub-consultants. Extensive community engagement underpinned the success of the planning process, with community exhibition and targeted consultation with the local parish council, school and medical practice all undertaken prior to lodgement of the planning and listed building applications.

Agricultural - Pig Finishing Unit

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Location: Stoven - Norfolk

Date: August 2016

Durrants, in collaboration with Quality Equipment based in Bury St Edmunds, secured planning permission for a pig finishing unit on a farm in Stoven. The approved development includes a 900sqm building housing 1000 pig places on a straw based rearing system. The building features gale breaker adjustable curtains to control airflow for optimum animal comfort with the added benefit of diluting and dispersing odour dust, limiting environmental and amenity impacts. Key challenges including addressing landscape character impact and neighbour amenity concerns. The Waveney Council's Planning Committee voted unanimously in favour of the development in August 2016.

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