Town Foot Farm Residential Development

Dates: 2002-2003

Client: Private

Context: Farmstead in the centre of Cumrew, a Conservation Area and scarp foot village on the edge of the Vale of Eden within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Description: Development of 9 houses within the boundaries of the farmstead. These comprise: 2 no. existing farm houses; conversion of existing traditional outbuildings to form 4 no. 4 bed dwellings and erection of 3 no. 4 bed dwellings following the removal of modern farm buildings. The effects of the Foot & Mouth outbreak in 2001 together with difficulties of operating a dairy farm in a village led to a decision to cease farming at Town Foot Farm. Careful planning appraisal and project direction by Coates Associates has enabled the full development potential of the site to be realised whilst ensuring a positive contribution to the character of the {mosimage}Conservation Area and its setting within the AONB. Key aspects were replacement of modern barns with buildings of more vernacular construction and containment of the development within the village boundary coupled with careful design of the layout to reflect the historic form of the village, the use of traditional materials and discrete off street parking. An initial scheme of ten new houses received objections and negotiations were subsequently held with the planning authority regarding housing supply and design. Permission was subsequently secured by reducing the number of new houses and the depth of development to avoid backland incursion.


  • Briefing and Appointment of Architect
  • Village ‘Townscape’ Appraisal
  • Planning Application and Supporting Statement
  • Negotiations with Carlisle City Council
  • Marketing and Sale of Site

Contemporary House

Dates: 2004-2005

Client: Private

Context: Woodland site within a former estate in the centre of the Lake District National Park

Description: Replacement of a 1970s 3 bedroom bungalow with large picture windows, large dormer extension, and further ad hoc extensions with a new 3 bedroom 2 storey house of contemporary design. Our task was to turn around an existing proposal that had been refused on the grounds that it was of a larger size and value than the bungalow it replaced and that the design was ill proportioned and was neither of the local vernacular or innovative. We achieved this by lodging an appeal to affirm that under current planning policy a replacement dwelling, regardless of size or value, was acceptable whilst at the same time improving the design. We worked in close collaboration with a second architect, appointed by the client, who successfully interpreted our brief to achieve a dwelling of a unique design, of its time, that “organically” evolves from the receiving rocky slope, is light and multi facetted to reduce visual bulk and uses traditional materials of the locality, such as slate stone walls, terracotta tiles, slate and copper sheet roofing, but in a contemporary style. Bat roosts in the existing bungalow emerged as another planning issue. Through our co-ordination of an appropriate expert acceptable mitigation was secured comprising demolition of the bungalow outside the hibernation period and incorporation of replacement roosts in the proposed roof space and walls.


  • Lodging an Appeal on First Application
  • Preparation of Design Brief for Revised Application
  • Negotiations with Lake District National Park Planning Authority
  • Planning Application and Supporting Statement for Revised Application
  • Sourcing and Co-ordination of Bat Specialist