Two Detached Houses , Uphall, West Lothian

Two Detached Houses , Uphall, West Lothian

In 2005 Jefcoate Anderson Architects Ltd was appointed by our client who wished to develop their large rear garden to create two detached houses within the Uphall Conservation Area.

The client had previously appointed an architectural practice to submit design proposals for planning permission. Despite several redesigns requested by the planning department the revised design proposals were repeatedly refused. The architectural practice believed that they could take the design no further at which point we were approached to help move the project forward.

We were of the opinion that, although there were a number of constraints that had to be overcome, through careful design there was scope for two detached houses on the site.

Constraints included the restricted site size and limited amenity space, issues of privacy and overshadowing of neighbours, parking and access requirements and the fact that the site was located in a conservation area.

After initial discussions with the planning department an application was submitted in 2006.

Despite initial coordinated neighbour objections we were able, through dialogue, to bring these neighbours on board without compromising the proposals and they consequently submitted letters in support of the application.

Planning permission and building warrant approval were granted in 2007.

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