01258 830675

Western Design Architects
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Recently Approved
New Corten clad house in Charlton Planning approved for house and barns

This exciting planning approval is for a replacement dwelling, new barns, stables and equestrian arena to a farm in Dorset.


Spring Farm in located in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) in Charlton. The proposal is made up of a central two and a half storey pitched roof…

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Dorchester Factory Regeneration 8 new homes approved on factory site

Outline Planning Approval has been gained to demolish a former Flax factory on St Georges Road in Dorchester.


The approval is for 8 attractive, traditional style new homes and amenity space in this desirable location.


The proposal comprises of two detached three…

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Wine and tapas bar in Blandford Planning Approval - Change of use

Blandford in Dorset has lost nine pubs, three of them within the last 12 months, leaving very few option for having a drink in the town centre. We are really pleased to have gained planning approval for a new wine and tapas bar which will benefit the locals and nearby businesses. The approval…

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New Forest Approval New PlayCafe for Fordingbridge

Located within Fordingbridge Conservation Area and adjoining listed buildings, Western Design Architects submitted a proposal to sensitively convert a former bank in Salisbury Street, Fordingbridge, Hampshire into an A3 café at ground floor and flats above and to the rear.  



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Cross keys Pub, Sherborne Listed Pub Refurbishment

Full Planning approval and Listed Building Consent has been granted for an exciting refurbishment project in Sherborne, Dorset.


The Cross Keys Pub is located on Cheap Street and is a Grade II Listed Building within the Conservation Area. The pub is set over 3 floors and is constructed…

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Alderholt Planning Approval Station Road rear extension

WDA are please to gain a householder approval for a smart new rear extension to an existing bungalow in the Dorset village of Alderholt near Fordingbridge.


The single storey modern extension to the side of the building wraps around to the rear and features large sliding doors and…

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Three cottages approved at Froyle Park, Alton Planning permission won at Appeal

Planning approval has been obtained for three new cottages and demolish the existing garages at Froyle Park Estate and Country Club near Alton.


The application which was won at appeal, by planning consultants Luken Beck, was particularly difficult due to its close proximity to a…

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Melbury Abbas Planning Approval Houses Farm stone extension

A great way to start the weekend with this approval for a large contemporary stone extension to a beautiful old farmhouse looking over Blackmore Vale near Shaftesbury.


The works include the re-modelling of the ground and first floor accommodation, giving the owners an open plan kitchen…

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Northbrook Business Park Planning Approval in Farnham

Working with planning consultants Luken Beck, Western Design Architects have successfully gained planning permission for 3,500sqm (37,700sqft) of new Class B1 (light industrial) and B8 (storage and distribution) buildings in at Northbrook Business Park near Bentley, Farnham. 



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Botleys Farm, Downton Wiltshire planning approval

We are pleased to have gained planning approval for a new house in open countryside,Wiltshire within the Cranborne Chase AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).


The new modern house will maximise the views across the countryside and replace the existing drab bungalow using a material…

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Harvest Cottage, Winterborne Kingston Planning Approval for extension

Western Design are really pleased to have received planning approval for a two-storey extension and new conservatory to a brick and flint house in Winterborne Kingston, Dorset.


The extension forms an annexe for an elderly relative and has been designed with…

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Outline Planning Submission, Yapton Bonhams Field, West Sussex

Bonhams Field was submitted to Arun District Council for Outline Planning Permission. We should find out in May 2017 whether it has been approved.


This proposal for 56 new homes is of a traditional design and includes a range of heights, architectural styles, layouts and materials…

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Class Q Prior Approval New Barn Farm, Dartmouth

Prior Approval has been granted by South Hams District Council for a Class Q change of use of agricultural buildings to dwelling houses.  Situated in a secluded site, the two storey traditional stone barn to the west of Dartmouth will be converted into 1 two bedroom and one 3 bed house with vaulted ceilings.

Poole Planning Approval Lake Road

Planning permission has been granted for the severance of land and a new traditional style house located in the rear garden of a plot on Lake Road, Poole. 

Planning Inspectorate Approval Carroll Avenue, Ferndown, Dorset

Fantastic news after a prolonged planning process.

Planning permission has been granted for the demolition of the existing garage, to sever the existing double plot, construct an additional detached house and to construct a new detached garage.

The approved scheme proposes a simple traditional form in keeping with largely the traditional vernacular of Carroll Avenue. Materials such as render and plain tile that are typical characteristics of properties within the immediate area will be used.

New Outline Planning Approval Hunt Road Play Area, Blandford

We are delighted to have gained outline planning approval to relocate Larksmead Pre-School to Hunt Road Play Area in Blandford. 

This Difficult application overcame major planning and arboricultural issues to receive outline approval at planning committee this week. The challenges included an IOWA designation, two high-quality Walnut trees covered by Tree Preservation Orders and two public sewers crossing the site.

We look forward to seeing a local community facility retained in Blandford.

New Planning Approval 3 Bed Cottage within the grounds of a Grade II* Listed Manor House

We were very pleased to have received an email from East Hampshire District Council this morning with the approval of Treloar Manor House Cottage.

This three bed cottage is situated within the grounds of a Grade II* Listed Manor House in Upper Froyle, Hampshire which forms part of the Froyle Park Estate, residential and Country Park Hotel development.

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Old Coach House, Hampshire Approval for 8 New Flats

Planning approval has just be granted from New Forest District Council for a block of 8 new flats in Milford On Sea, Hampshire.

The proposal comprises of a modern vernacular development that maximises the benefits of the site and views. The scale, form and material selection help settle the proposal in its location whilst maintaining a clean, contemporary feel. The apartments are ideal for open plan modern living. Ground floor apartments benefit from private gardens, whilst the remaining apartments have access to communal gardens.

Contemporary Housing, Furzehill Council Offices Site

We love this design for new modern venacular homes aimed to promote a sustainable approach to housing and community design.


East Dorset District Council currently located at Furzehill, Wimborne are set to relocate as part of a larger scale merger with neighbouring councils.



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Commercial Planning Approval, Basingstoke The Square, Arena Business Park

Planning permission was granted by Basingstoke & Deane District Council for a major facelift to 'The Square' in Basingstoke. The permission includes 

  • New insulated white rendered façade at ground level incorporating new glazed feature entrance.
  • Replacement dark grey powder coated aluminum glazing to comply with updated energy efficiency standards.
  • Existing red brick stair tower to be covered with insulated grey render.
  • Existing red brick parking structure to be painted white, and clad with perforated metal, white mesh façade.
Approved at Committee Woodland Burial Ground

Planning permission was granted by Purbeck District Council planning committee this week for the proposed Woodland Burial Chapel at Randall’s Hill, which will now be equipped with two cremators. 

It has been a lengthy planning process, partly due to the location of the site, which is in Green Belt to the north of Upton, Poole with fantastic, tranquil views across to Swanage & the Purbecks. 

Glossbrook Builders have already made good progress on site on the approved building and we look forward to seeing this one of a kind design come together. Watch this space for pictures as the build progresses.

On Site at Quarry Cottage, Bridport Bothenhampton

Approved early last year, this project near Bridport is really starting to take shape. The application was to split the existing domestic curtilage and on the site of two large poultry shed, creating a new contemporary dwelling.


The proposal was traditional in form, with a pitched…

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Nottington, Weymouth Planning Permission Granted for 10 New Houses

WDA have successfully been granted planning permission for 10 new individual large family homes on a green field site in Nottington, Weymouth. Traditional in design, the houses are all detached with seperate garages and use a palette of local stone, red brick and plain tiles so that they relate to the surrounding village developmenets and nearby Nottington Village Conservation Area.

New Road, Bryanston Planning Approval

Following an involved design and pre-app process, we are very happy to have gained planning approval for a replacement dwelling in Bryanston, Dorset.

This application looks to demolish the existing dilapidated cottage; which is one of three quaint matching properties in a row, full of character but over time, this one in particular has become so neglected that restoring the property is unrealistic. Because of this, our application looks to create an exact replica of the cottage externally, maintaining the character of the area, but creating open and modern living accommodation internally. The proposal also includes a two storey extension to the rear, providing much needed additional accommodation for our clients, while making the most of the beautiful views surrounding the property.

Hill Farm House Planning Approval for new barn and manege

This week we have gained a planning approval for a replacement barn and new manege (horse riding area) in the New Forest National Park. The proposal was in two parts, firstly to replace the existing barn, providing a new garage and garden store on the footprint of the existing and secondly providing a private manege facility for our client. 

High Court Ruling Planning Policy

A Court of Appeal decision has today overturned a previous High Court ruling brought by Reading Borough Council and West Berkshire District Council that removed a national planning policy requirement intended to exempt small sites from providing affordable housing.  Today’s judgement upheld all four grounds of appeal, but there remains the possibility the Councils may appeal in the Supreme Court.  We are awaiting further detail on the 13,000 word judgement.

Talbot Heath School, Bournemouth Appointed

We are very happy to announce that we have been appointed to design the new Creative Arts Building for Talbot Heath School. Last month, the whole team pulled together to get our competition entry ready and we were recently informed that we were successful! We now look forward to developing the design with our client to achieve a building that will benefit the school and students for years to come.

Royal Mail House, Southampton Appointed

WDA were recently appointed to convert the Old Royal Mail House and Queens Terrace into 40 flats with commercial units at ground floor. The Grade II Listed buildings are located in Southampton and our involvement will include the refurbishment of the existing buildings as well as the addition of an area of infill to allow for further town centre accommodation.

Arena Business Centres, Totton & Basingstoke Appointed

WDA have been appointed for two new ‘facelifts’ by Arena Business Centres, located in Totton and Basingstoke!

PD Rights to Become Permanent Offices to Residential

Got an office you dream of converting?

Due to the success of the temporary scheme in May 2013, the Government has announced that permitted development rights allowing the conversion of offices to residential are to be made permanent from April 6th 2016.  

A new three year temporary right will also be allowed to change buildings in light industrial use to housing, up to a maximum of 500sqm. 

Please call us if you would like to discuss your requirements further on 01258 830675.

Class Q Prior Approval Barn Conversion in East Hampshire

Prior Approval has been granted for the change of use of an agricultural building to dwelling house and for all associated operational developments in East Hampshire.  This single store barn will be converted into a four bedroom house with vaulted ceilings over the large open plan living, dining and kitchen areas.  Ridge roof lights will provide natural daylight deep into the floor plan reducing reliance on artificial lighting.

Old Barn Cottage Planning Approval

WDA have just gained approval for this conversion and contemporary extension in a conservation area. The new layout will mean opening up the ground floor of the property to create an open plan, contemporary living space that makes the most of the countryside views.

Milldown Stud, Blandford Planning Approval

WDA have just gained planning for this contemporary vernacular dwelling in an AONB. The barn-like form uses contemporary detailing to achieve the clean, modern look that convinced the planners. We look forward to seeing this project progress from here.

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The Crown at Tisbury Planning Approval

WDA are very happy to have gained planning permission to convert the old Crown Inn, at Tisbury into five quirky and characterful dwellings. Our proposal sailed through planning and we look forward to seeing this beautiful building getting a new lease of life.

Success at Weymouth Planning Approval

Detailed permission has been granted at planning committee for 97 new houses in Weymouth, Dorset.  Following extensive negotiation with Weymouth, Portland & West Dorset Council, the approved development includes a wide range of properties from single storey bungalows through to three storey houses.  With 30% affordable housing provision, the development will provide a significant boost to local housing provision.

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Chippets, Marnhull Planning Approval

Western Design have just gained a new approval for Chippets in Marnhull. This quaint, contemporary dwelling was granted on the basis of preserving and enhancing the character or appearance of the local area.

11 Brownsea View Avenue, Poole Planning Approval

We have recently gained approval for this contemporary garden room, which comprises of a gym, fitness pool and gym, with external decking area and views of the garden. We are looking forward to staring on site in the near future.

Approval for office refurbishment Planning Approval

Planning has been granted for the refurbishment of an existing six storey office building in Farnborough, Surrey.  Internal works include modifications to the layout and provision of a new main reception whilst externally the building is being reclad to give the building a new modern appearance.

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Approval For 8 Contemporary Houses Planning Approval

We have just gained planning approval for 8 contemporary houses on a sloping site. Maximising views across the valley and minimising excavation through stepping up the site.

We are very pleased with this design and are thrilled that the local planning authority have been equally as enthused.

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Permission for 500 houses in Weymouth Planning Approval

Western Design Architects are pleased to announce planning permission has been granted for up to a further 500 houses at Curtis Fields in Weymouth. This is in addition to the 180 already granted permission last year on a different area of the site.   

Our Client Betterment Properties (Weymouth) Ltd are delighted with the outcome. With 30% affordable housing provision, this will provide a significant boost to local housing provision.  The development also includes contributions to the local school, sports facilities and will include a neighbourhood area of play and large area of public open space.

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Class Q Permitted Development Agricultural to Dwelling House

Prior approval has been granted for the Change of Use of two Agricultural Building into dwellings.  The Lower Stable and The Coach House will be converted into two new dwellings with dramatic views across open fields near Bentley in East Hampshire.

Farm Office Approval, Verwood Planning Approval

A smart new farm office had gained Full Planning consent located in open countryside in Verwood, Dorset Verwood

Approval for 10 new apartments Planning Approval

We are please to announce that we have gained planning approval for 10 new flats/ apartments at a gateway site to Amesbury in Wiltshire.

New Approval in Bridport Planning Approval

WDA have obtained full planning approval for a new modern venacular dwelling outside the village envelope in Bridport.