New Swimming Pool Structure

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Walters Architects has received planning permission for a new domestic swimming pool. The practice has never worked on a swimming pool and yet received 3 commissions in the space of 2 weeks late last year. The first pool was the most difficult as it was connected to a listed building within a conservation area and has already been approved. The third is still awaiting a decision by the planners. The practice is enjoying the new challenge and cant wait to start the next stages of both schemes. We also hope the third proposal will be as successful and should be informed of a decision within the next week or so.

Walters Architects have just recieved planning permission for a new swimming pool structure

Oak framed swimming pool structure

Changes to Planning Retraints

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Walters Architects have been involved in a residents group who opposed a recent planning application which saw the potential increase of a local village by 20%. The application was refused by the local authority but the developer won the case on appeal. The development is outside the village settlement boundary and on the edge of a conservation area. The residents didn’t want the proposal, the parish council apposed it, the school couldn’t accommodate any more children and the roads need major alterations. This amount of new housing on the edge of any village changes the fundamental character of an area. The issue was, the local authority hadn’t allowed enough development within a certain time frame and so had a low housing stock. This sort of development wouldn’t have been even considered some time ago but developers are exploiting loop holes within planning policy. If you have land, now is the time to explore your options before the planning policy changes!

Developers win planning appeal

Planning Permission Approved

Part 1 Architectural Student Required

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Walters Architects are looking for a Part 1 Architectural Student to assist a principle architect in preparing planning applications for an extension to a cricket club, two new build houses and an apartment scheme. The successful applicant will be a good communicator, have a working knowledge of Auto Cad, Sketch up, 3d Maz, and Photoshop
For further information, please contact Kevin Walters at the office.

Position Vacant

Walters Architects are looking for a work experience placement

Desk Space

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Walters Architects have enough office space to accommodate another member of staff (or 2). If anyone knows of a structural engineer, quantity surveyor or project manager who has just started out in business and would like to rent some desk space in an architects practice please ask them to contact me.

Planning Application for Works to a Grade 2 Listed Building within a Conservation Area in Leicester

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Following a successful ‘Pre Planning Application’, for works to a Grade 2 Listed Building, our client has instructed us to begin works to the first phase of their project. We are converting an existing coach house into two separate apartments. Because of the recent feedback by planners, at this initial Pre Planning Application stage, we expect the scheme to be straight forward. We should start works on the second phase of the project early next week.

Part of a Grade 2 Listed building in Leicester

Incorrect Planning Permission for a New Build Barn in a Conservation Area

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This new build barn in the Conservation Area of Swithland, Leicestershire has been erected without the correct planning permission. After months of negotiation with the local authorities planning department parts of the structure are being demolished at the owners expense. The moral of the story is, don’t amend any aspect of a building while on site as it may not comply with the planning permission in place at that particular time and it may cost a lot of time and money. Always do your designs on paper and appoint the appropriate architect for works within conservation areas and with listed buildings. For more information on works within conservation areas and to listed buildings please contact our office.