The Fairway

The Fairway Leicestershire, Domestic Extensions, Planning Applications

Image Credit – Anthony Coleman

Innovative domestic extensions

IPS was approached to assist in the preparation of an application for an architecturally innovative pair of domestic extensions either side of a large detached house within an established lower density suburban part of Oadby near Leicester.

The architectural practice (Daykin Marshall Studio) had anticipated difficulty in achieving planning permission at the pre-application process. As a domestic “householder” application it was suggested by IPS that the submitted documentation supporting the submission should contain a fully developed architectural and planning policy justification within a Design Statement. IPS worked closely with the architects in providing script and text to be included within the Statement. It was considered unnecessary to provide a separate Planning Statement.

Image Credit – Daykin Marshall Studio

Image Credit – Anthony Coleman

Should the application be refused the matter could be readily appealed without delay and processed as a “householder appeal” by written representation by the Planning Inspectorate. This was necessary as the application was refused on design grounds. The appeal (ref: APP/L2440/D/10/2139019) was consequently then lodged by IPS.
The Inspector identified the main issue as the effect of the development on the character and appearance of the property and surrounding area. The site was not however within a conservation area or within the setting of other heritage assets such as Listed Buildings.

In allowing the appeal, the Inspector paid particular attention to the architectural symmetry which would be retained as the “7… proposals represent an individual imaginative approach that would not detract from the house or this area of distinctive individual properties.”

The Fairway is one of fifteen buildings shortlisted for the RIBA East Midlands Awards 2018. IPS is delighted to have been able to assist the proposal by gaining planning permission for such an exciting and high quality architectural design.


IPS has considerable experience with the promotion of innovative architecture. While this appeal decision reflected national planning policy at that time, the subsequent publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in its latest (July 2018) iteration retains (section 12) support for architectural innovation: “131…great weight should be given to outstanding or innovative designs which promote high levels of sustainability, or help raise the standard of design more generally in an area, so long as they fit in with the overall form and layout of their surroundings”.

Many of our best and most valued clients are architects. We value the contribution which they can make in delivering high quality design and good town planning. We encourage innovation and the securing of high-quality architectural advice in order to deliver solutions. We always enjoy productive relationships with all of our architect colleagues with the beneficial consequence of successful schemes for both ours’ and their clients. The Oadby scheme, as evidenced in the as-built photographs, represents one such success. It is one of many. IPS is extremely proud of the result which we think is simply stunning and puts the local planning authority’s original decision to refuse permission into perspective. It should not have been necessary to go to appeal.