The site is rectangular in shape and located on the eastern side of Abbey Street. The site is currently an open plot of land serving as a car park. The surrounding area is characterised by 2 and 3 storey residential buildings with garages opposite to the west.
This proposal aims to convert the site into residential accommodation. This proposal comprises 4 x 3 bedroom units and 4 x 1 bedroom units. 50 percent of the total number of units will be 3 bedroom family units to comply with Policy H1 of the Council’s emerging Core Strategy.
This proposal consists of a basement, ground floor and three upper floors. The Ground Floor sets back from the property line at Abbey Street. The first, the second and the third floor set back from the rear to reduce its visual impact. Also, the second floor sets back from the front in order to provide outdoor areas. In addition to this, the third floor sets back from the front and the sides order to minimise its scale.
The ground floor creates an active frontage by incorporating terraces along Abbey Street and creating direct access to the residential units. The First floor follows the sight lines created by the roof of the adjoining property. The second floor is surrounded by semi-open terraces in order to reduce its scale and integrate this development with its surrounding.
We intend to use materials that could blend with the surrounding buildings. London yellow stock brick has been chosen as the principal material for the treatment of the facades and Cor-ten cladding for the upper floors.