Sea View, North Yorkshire

What was thought to be a simple project turned out to be long and complex, and that was just at the planning stage! The owner of Sea View approached Reed Studio to extend their small, quaint cottage. New to the area, the client required full design and constructional services. The brief was to extend the cottage to accommodate a dining room, walk-in utility cupboard and landscape the existing garden. Reed Studio originally designed an extension to incorporate the existing extension to include a roof terrace accessed from the master bedroom, increasing the northerly sea views. Alas, the North York Moors Planning Authority (NYMPA) had other ideas and rejected the plans on the grounds that the extension was a front extension not a rear extension and that this would harm the conservation area Lythe sits in. Reed Studio amended the plans with a potential view that the planning decesion might need to be appealed. NYMPA still rejected the updated plans. Reed Studio and the client felt the views held by NYMPA on rejecting the plans due to it being a front extension and not a rear extension was challengeable. The planning decision was appealed to the Planning Inspectorate and they agreed with Reed Studio and successfully overturned the original planning decision. The building work took about 10 weeks and with Covid and building supply shortages, managed to get the works finished for the client to enjoy for Christmas 2020! More photos to follow.