Laing’s Chairman Refused Planning Permission & CA Consent on own Home – Awful Scheme #NPPF quoted

Some people have more money than taste.  Especially when it comes to kncoking down a fine house and replacing it with one which would be worth half as much.  Here is the PINS reference if you want to object.

Construction Enquirer

Ray O’Rourke is caught up in a planning row with his local council after being denied planning permission to demolish his own home.

The Laing O’Rourke chairman is appealing against a decision by Brentwood Borough Council to stop him rebuilding his house in the exclusive village of Fryerning.

A high-powered team consisting of a planning agent, design expert and an architecture historian from Cambridge University argued O’Rourke’s case last week during an appeal against the council’s decision in October to turn the plan down.

O’Rourke wants to totally rebuild his property after previously being granted permission for a front and back extension.

The Brentwood Gazette reported the council turned down the demolition plan because the house is of “considerable architectural merit and makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area”.

O’Rourke’s design team said rebuilding from scratch would allow for a “higher level of design quality” than could be achieved if the existing building was extended and is in accordance with the Government’s new National Planning Policy Framework.

Robin Carpenter, Essex County Council’s heritage expert, said the current building was inspired by Essex architect George Sherrin and demolishing it would be a “huge loss” to the Fryerning Conservation Area.

Bur the O’Rourke team said the council should not “over-egg” the importance of Sherrin’s work and added there was no  evidence the house had any link with the architect at all.

They also argued the new plan is beneficial for the openess of the Green Belt in Fryerning because its footprint is 47% smaller than the extension design.

O’Rourke did not attend the meeting in person.

A decision by the planning inspector is due to be made later this month.

Thisistotalessex

A MULTIMILLIONAIRE businessman, whose firm is in charge of overseeing the construction of the Olympic park in Stratford, is involved in a planning dispute in his own back yard.

Construction tycoon Ray O’Rourke has appealed against a decision by Brentwood Borough Council to stop him demolishing his home [Fairwinds]  in the heart of Fryerning’s Conservation Area {no CA statement sorry]

The 65-year-old boss of Laing O’Rourke is worth an estimated £280 million, according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2012, and ranked just 20 places below the Queen.

His firm has responsibility for the overall programme ensuring the Olympic park is delivered on time.

A team representing Mr O’Rourke told a Government planning inspector that knocking down and rebuilding the mansion, in Mill Green Road, will be of “material benefit” to the area.

A planning agent, design expert and an architecture historian from Cambridge University joined forces at the town hall on Tuesday last week to appeal against the council’s decision in October to turn the plan down.

The main reason given by the council was that the house is of “considerable architectural merit and makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area”.

But Robert Ward-Booth, the man behind the new designs, said building from scratch would allow for a “higher level of design quality” than could be achieved if the existing building was extended and is in accordance with the Government’s new National Planning Policy Framework published in March.

In September, Mr O’Rourke – the recipient of an honorary knighthood last year for services to construction – was given planning permission for a two-storey front extension and rear extension by the council, before deciding to apply for a total rebuild.

Speaking up for Brentwood council’s decision to block the demolition, Robin Carpenter, Essex County Council’s heritage expert, who was flanked by Town Hall planning officer, Kathryn Matthews, made a case that the building was inspired by Essex architect George Sherrin, and as such, destroying it would be a “huge loss” to the Conservation Area.

Mr Sherrin, who died in 1909, designed a number of large houses in neighbouring Ingatestone, including several in Station Lane.

Bur Mr Ward-Booth said one should not “over-egg” the importance of Sherrin’s work and added the council has no evidence the house has any link with the architect at all. [Err even the name is a copy of a house by Sherrin in Station Lane, even if not by him it is clearly influenced by him]

Mr O’Rourke’s team also argued the new plan is beneficial for the openess of the Green Belt in Fryerning because its footprint is 47 per cent smaller than extension design.

But Mr Carpenter said Fryerning Conservation Area is a designated heritage asset and should be protected from destruction under legislation.

A delegation of three Fryerning residents who all backed the council’s decision to block the demolition also attended the hearing.

Mr O’Rourke did not attend the meeting in person and declined to comment when contacted by the Gazette.

A decision by the planning inspector is due to be made in about four weeks’ time.

An Original George Sherrin Essex House at Ingatestone in same Parish

Fairwinds the House proposed to be demolished

The pap replacement, anyone with any knowledge of Arts and Crafts Architecture will know every proportion is out, in particular the Shallow modern roof pitch and dreadful picture windows

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