Benjamin Peter Thornton

Benjamin Peter Thornton

Kansas City, MO, US


05 Oakley Gardens, Chelsea, London

A small property located in a conservation area of Chelsea, 05 Oakley Gardens was a planning application to replace the existing extension with the addition of a basement. Normally a property of this size would not require planning permission for the size of the proposed extension and it would be classed as permitted development. However, the proposed basement and conservation area location meant that planning permission was required under British planning law.

The property is also in close proximity to a Tudor wall dating back to the 1500s. Due to it's historical significance an Archiologist was consulted to establish an appropriate and lawful procedure of development. Naturally it was agreed that no new structures would interfere with the Tudor wall and that all necessary precautions would be taken during construction so as not to compromise it's structural integrity.

Kensington and Chelsea planning department requested a flood risk assessment in response to the proposed basement. It was highlighted that due to the close proximity of the property to the River Thames that the basement was a potential flood risk. Therefore, the local planning authority wanted us to, firstly define the level of flood risk and then demonstrate our proposals for mitigating any flooding . I was responsible for research and creating a flood mitigation strategy which included water butts and SUDS.

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Status: Built
Location: SW3 5QH