Stroud District Council has an adopted policy which allows replacement dwellings outside defined settlement development limits providing that it meets a number of criteria, one of which stipulates that the size of the new dwelling reflects that of the existing dwelling.
The planning team at Ridge was therefore delighted to obtain permission, on behalf of private clients, for two replacement dwellings on separate sites, both of which increased the overall floor space significantly. A replacement dwelling at Dutchcombe Farm incorporated a 13% increase, whilst the replacement dwelling at Cider House increased the floor are by 20%. The schemes necessitated careful negotiations between Ridge and Stroud District Council whereby the advantages of the schemes were highlighted. In both cases, Ridge was able to present robust cases which demonstrated that the replacement dwellings represented a visual enhancement to the area.