Planning approval has been gained for changes to 42 Shepherds Hill. Planning permission includes for a new single family residence tucked in alongside the main house, a new external stair and new rear extensions at ground and lower ground floor.
In recent times the existing house has struggled with a slight identity dilemma as it is somewhat on its own and surrounded by larger apartment and townhouse blocks. It is too large as a single family house but did not cope well as a split family house. The new design transforms the existing house into a property better equipped for a more flexible residential use. The street elevation maintains its existing dominating proportion and the conservation appeal of the period property with new subservient modern extensions. The less appealing rear elevation of the main house due to its numerous changes is enhanced with a new rear ground and lower ground level extension.
Positively, the planner encouraged and embraced the idea of a modern language for the new additions to complement and stand out from the period property. This helped create a new character to the house and avoided a pastiche of recreating the old.