Category Archives: For Developers

Planning Success in East Kent

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We are very pleased to be able to report that permission has been granted for this new house near Ashford in Kent. A potentially contentious site in a conversation area village, Thinking Buildings and the consultant team compiled a detailed application to address a number of specific concerns including the visibility of the proposed house and the various ecology issues on the site. We also commissioned professional renders of our design model from Airtight VR, one of which you see here.

Our hard work paid off with vocal support from neighbours and interest groups alike. The robust package of information gave the planning authority confidence in the quality of the scheme and aided the smooth process through the planning system.

Credit should go to all involved and to the very patient client who has waited 18 months from inception to permission. We are all excited to take this project forward in 2017,

Planning Application Submitted For Contemporary Eco-Home


We’re really pleased to have submitted a planning application for another eco-home. We work closely with a German eco-home builder who manufacturers super insulated houses in Germany. Meisterstueck is a 114 year old family-run company from Hamlin, Germany, building bespoke houses in the UK.

If you’d like a house like this, or any other design of eco house do call us.



Residential Development in Cirencester

20160921_bj02Thinking Buildings obtained planning permission for this site in central Cirencester in 2015. The site was a mix of commercial and residential, with a restaurant in the Grade II listed building fronting the street and a small residential development of seven units to the mews behind. We completed the restaurant early in 2016, and it is now a successful branch of the Cote brasserie group. Once the commercial portion was complete the original client sold the residential site with permission and so we are now working with the new owner to bring the project to fruition.

The 2- and 3-story houses will be constructed in traditional materials but to modern standards of energy efficiency. The  architecture takes cues from the existing buildings in Cirencester, and arcaded coach houses, to form an urban Cotswold style. On a sensitive site in a historic town this was very much welcomed by the local authority planners, support which was key in obtaining consent for the scheme.

Thinking Buildings enjoy the challenges and opportunities of these mixed use urban sites and we look forward to bringing you more updates as the project progresses over the next year.

Planning Permission Granted For Replacement House

20160816_Tower FarmWe’re delighted to report planning approval has been granted by North West Leicestershire Planning Department for the replacement of a farm house.

The original dwelling-house is a single storey structure put up by our client’s parents and had been heavily modified and extended but was in dire need of replacement. The site has numerous structures, some left over from the second world war, but all in very poor condition. By a combination of exploring permitted development rights and tidying the site to remove some of the unsightly structures, we were able to agree a replacement farm house which is somewhat larger than the original house. In designing the new house we explored both traditional and modern design. The clients are delighted with the result!