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New traditonal garge approved in Stapleford Abbots in Essex.

NEW GARAGE development

"Tudor Rose", Stapleford Abbots, Essex.


Proposed Development: Double garage and store.

Following an initial site visit and discussion with the applicant  it was agreed to produce a planing application that would replace an existing storage shed with a brand new detached double garage and storage unit that would utilise a more traditional vernacular and reflect traditional Essex architectural features.  

The site is located in the village of Stapleford Abbots so it is key to understand the hsitorical context of the site in order to assist in the design process.  Stapleford Abbots is a village located in the Epping Forest district of Essex, England. It has a rich history that spans several centuries. Here is an overview of the history of Stapleford Abbots. The history of Stapleford Abbots can be traced back to the medieval period when it was known as "Stapleford Tawney." The village was part of the Tawney manor and belonged to Waltham Abbey, a significant monastic establishment in the region. The abbey had extensive landholdings in the area, and Stapleford Tawney served as one of its estates. With the Dissolution of the Monasteries under King Henry VIII in the 16th century, Waltham Abbey and its lands, including Stapleford Tawney, were confiscated by the Crown. The estate was later sold to private landowners. Throughout its history, Stapleford Abbots has been predominantly an agricultural village. The fertile land in the area supported farming activities, and the village served as a center for agriculture and related trades. Stapleford Abbots is known for its historic buildings. One of the prominent landmarks is the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, which dates back to the 12th century. The church features a mix of architectural styles, including Norman and Gothic elements. During World War II, an airfield called Stapleford Tawney Airfield was established near the village. It served as a training ground for bomber crews, and the airfield remained operational until 1957. Today, it is privately owned and primarily used for recreational aviation. In recent years, Stapleford Abbots has undergone some development while still maintaining its rural character. The village has seen new residential construction, blending modern housing with the traditional buildings that characterize the area. Stapleford Abbots is known for its picturesque countryside and the tranquility it offers. The village's historical heritage, combined with its natural beauty, continues to make it an attractive place to live and visit. For more specific details about the history of Stapleford Abbots, consulting local historical records or sources would provide a more comprehensive understanding.

Stapleford Abbots, located in Essex, England, features a mix of architectural styles that reflect its history and heritage. The traditional architecture of Stapleford Abbots is characterized by various influences from different periods. Stapleford Abbots retains some traces of medieval architecture, particularly in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin. This Norman and Gothic-style church features elements such as pointed arches, lancet windows, and vaulted ceilings. Timber-framed buildings are a notable feature of traditional architecture in the village. These structures often have exposed timber frames filled with wattle and daub or brickwork. They typically have steeply pitched roofs and gabled ends. Thatched roofs are another characteristic feature of traditional architecture in Stapleford Abbots. Thatching involves using bundles of dried vegetation, such as straw or reeds, to create a durable and weatherproof roof covering. Red Brick Construction: Brick buildings are common in Stapleford Abbots, reflecting the prevalence of brickmaking in the area. Traditional brick houses often feature red brick facades with decorative detailing, such as brick quoins and window surrounds. The village showcases vernacular architecture, which reflects local building traditions and materials. These structures blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape and typically have a modest and functional design. Some buildings in Stapleford Abbots exhibit Georgian and Victorian architectural influences. These styles often feature symmetrical facades, sash windows, decorative cornices, and classical elements such as columns and pilasters. Given the village's agricultural heritage, traditional farmhouses and barns can be found in Stapleford Abbots. These structures often feature a combination of brick, timber, and thatch or tiled roofs.

Today, while new construction has brought modern influences to the area, Stapleford Abbots strives to preserve and maintain its traditional architectural character. The blend of historic and more recent architectural styles creates a unique and charming atmosphere within the village.

Getting the architectural details right is critical to ensuring new developments are appropriate to the settingand context. The Essex Design Guide includes a series of key principles which should be applied to a development. Noise, daylight, rear privacy and garden size are all important elements in designing appropriate developments which address key habitual needs. While elevation design, materials and fenestration design all seek ensure that building designs is based on.

The traditional buildings of Essex are typically made up of rectangular rather than square plan forms, with
pitched roofs spanning the narrower plan dimension. Such spans are rarely greater than 6.5m in width,
but more usually of the order of 5m. In order to fit in with the existing urban landscape of Essex, new
buildings should also employ these forms and dimensions.

Each building should be composed of a ‘family’ of forms, with roofs of similar pitch and without discordant
flat-topped elements. In any such combination of forms, there should be a principal element to which
subsidiary elements are added. Complex plans should not be enclosed in an enveloping volume out of
which pieces are cut to create subtractive forms.

The use of a brick plinth and a darker weatherboard cladding combined with a red clay tile are features one would expect to find in Essex and the wider East Anglia region. The eaves are to remain open to reflect 

The application sailed through the planning process and as the garage is not habitable building regulations do not apply to the development and the owner can proceed to the construction phase.

This application is a cost effective solution to a storage and improves the visual appearance of the locality.

Application Ref: EPF/0630/17

Location: Tudor Rose Oak Hill Road Stapleford Abbotts Romford Essex RM4 1JJ 

Proposal: Removal of existing outbuilding to the rear of the house and erection of a detached garage. 

Received: 21-03-2017 

Validated: 23-03-2017

Decided: 26-04-2017

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