wE were asked to develop proposals for a neglected former car sales site, occupying a corner of the (adopted) Green Belt at the northern periphery of a village within West Yorkshire, on the boundary of both Leeds and Bradford City Districts, in order to create a neater and more sympathetic fringe to the villagescape whilst also providing new, high-quality, detached homes for sale.
Given the site’s proximity to this surrounding historic context, immediately facing a characterful Conservation Area, we were keep to develop an overall aesthetic to the site that echoed both the arrangement, proportions and the material treatments of the surrounding local vernacular without becoming pastiche. We were also mindful that, though long covered in hardstanding, this site formed not only part of the adopted Green Belt but also part of a key view from the village across the scenic Wharfe Valley.
To mirror the rhythm and streetscape of the surrounding buildings, our proposed site plan features two, detached, two-storey dwellings, the first of which (property A) is situated to the west of main road, in keeping with the existing building line and mirroring the vernacular style of the weavers cottage facing the site from its eastern side. Whilst the second property, at the rear of the site, is rotated 90 degrees so as to maintain clear views into the valley beyond. In both instances, the gentle camber of the existing topography towards the rear of the site allows for a slight reduction in the height of the proposed pitches, allowing them to fall away to better maintain views into the valley from the public footpath and bridleway to the south-west.
Our material treatment of both properties echoes the Yorkshire Gritstone and traditional slate roofs present throughout the wider village and the facing Conservation area specifically, with deep window reveals and small window openings to the road side whilst larger portions of glazing to the rear and crisp modern detailing throughout provide both generous views of the landscape for the occupiers of each house as well as a sharp, well considered modern detailed finish throughout.
Location. West Yorkshire
Status. Planning Approved
Size. 53,765 sqft sq.ft