Modern Grand Designs style home planned for Derby outskirts

Plans for a Grand Designs style house in a leafy village on the outskirts of Derby have been submitted.

The application, from Mr and Mrs T Richardson, has been put into Amber Valley Borough Council for a site off The Common in Quarndon.

If approved, it would include the demolition of a cottage and outbuildings on the site which have been formally abandoned for more than 40 years.

The site is surrounded by countryside and the protected Green Belt, on the outskirts of Derby but now it could be redeveloped with a new modern barn-inspired home.

A decision on the plans will be made by the borough council in the next few months.

Documents submitted by Planning Design, on behalf of the applicants, say the existing timber-frame cottage on the site was built in the 1930s, and is accompanied by stables, a car port and an outbuilding.



The buildings on the site are said to be formally declared as ‘abandoned’

Images submitted with the application show that the structures on site are severely dilapidated and are covered in foliage.

The report says the buildings have “fallen into a state of disrepair” and include asbestos sheets and have been out of use since the 1980s.

It says: “Temporary measures have been introduced to secure the property. However, the dwelling is not presently in a habitable state.”

The report says the proposed modern home has “been designed with a rural character” which allows for “snippets” of views from the site towards Duffield.

It says the scheme would be “high quality, reflecting the nature of the conservation area and overall make a positive contribution, improve ecology and encourage wildlife, create a property that provides interest and is aesthetically pleasing, and use sustainable materials and minimise energy use” .



The home and stables on the site would be demolished
The home and stables on the site would be demolished

The documents say two “barn-like” buildings will be connected with a glazed link between the two “to allow borrowed views through the dwelling”.

It aims to minimise the impact on neighbor properties, with one building being single-storey and the second being two-storey with additional accommodation in the roof space.

Overall, the scheme would cover 50 per cent more floor area than the existing buildings but the overall footprint of the site itself would increase by 14.6 per cent.

The property would include a home office “which has become a permanent aspect of post-pandemic living”, with the applicant said to work from home most of the time.

It aims to use timber cladding for much of the outside of the building, to mimic cow sheds and farm structures nearby.

The scheme also includes a wildlife pond and small orchard, along with numerous bird boxes and “bat tubes”.

In the planning documents, it says: “The dwelling was left vacant due to increasing awareness of the dangers of asbestos in buildings.

“It has taken longer than expected to fund a viable and suitable replacement but there is now an opportunity to remove the asbestos structure and vastly improve the site.”

Planners hired by the applicant say the buildings are formally classed as “intentionally abandoned” and as such redevelopment of the site – in the Green Belt – should be acceptable.

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