29 Mar 2017

Planning and Listed Building consent approved

Planning and Listed Building consent approved

ECA architects and planners have recently succeeded in gaining planning and listed building consent for a project in the heart of Winchester. Regency House is Grade II listed building located on the western side of Southgate Street. ECA analysed and assessed the significance of the listed building and planning history of the site in order […]

7 Mar 2017

Review of CIL

Review of CIL

At a recent RTPI seminar focussing on large scale developments, S106 obligations and CIL, the recent review of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was discussed and the recommendations put forward by the CIL review panel were presented. The principle behind CIL is simple; it seeks to capture the value uplift gained from a planning permission, […]

27 Jan 2017

Conversion of Grade II listed building in Winchester

Conversion of Grade II listed building in Winchester

ECA architects and planners are currently working on a project to convert a Grade II listed building in the historic core of Winchester from offices to residential flats. ECA planners have prepared a heritage impact assessment which assesses the significance of the building and immediate locality as required by para. 128 of the NPPF. In […]

20 Jan 2017

Conference video of Yarrells School

Conference video of Yarrells School

Inspire accountants recently held an entrepreneurs conference at the BIC international. A few videos were made about select local firms and their projects. We were very pleased to be showcased to 200 guests at the event. The video was shot at Yarrells School Greenwood building. This is a newly completed project where we (ECA) designed, […]

16 Dec 2016

Fernheath Community Sports Association – new pavilion

Fernheath Community Sports Association – new pavilion

ECA Architects have designed a new replacement pavilion building for Fernheath playing fields. The proposed new purpose built, sustainable facility will replace the existing building and provide: – new changing facilities – cafe / meeting space – storage The proposals will provide increased parking and cycle parking at the site, and improve play and seating facilities […]

18 Oct 2016

CIL introduced in Christchurch and East Dorset

CIL introduced in Christchurch and East Dorset

Christchurch and East Dorset councils recently adopted their CIL charging schedule with charging expected to commence on 03 January 2017. This means that CIL will be applied to any planning applications approved on or after that date, including any applications in the system at the time. The charges to be applied across both Councils are: Residential (10 […]

16 Sep 2016

Planning committee success

Planning committee success

ECA planners represented clients at the Christchurch Borough Council planning committee yesterday evening and were successful with an outcome of refusal. The scheme involved an extension to the local ‘Noisy Lobster’ restaurant at Avon Beach which would result in an additional 46 covers – a 27% increase. It followed a previously withdrawn scheme that was […]

16 Sep 2016

Urban design and quality of life

Urban design and quality of life

A recent mental health strategy for New York spans both medical and environmental policies to tackle rising levels of mental illness in the US city. Well designed spaces can reduce the need for doctors to prescribe anti-depressants and other medication. There is evidence of the benefits, says Layla McCay, psychiatrist at the London School of Hygiene […]

30 Aug 2016

New Forest: Appeal dismissed for 2 houses deemed more harmful than an equestrian centre.

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This week (30th August 2016) we read with interest an appeal decision where an Inspector, refused permission at appeal for two new houses which he considered would be more harmful to the environment than an existing D2 Use, namely an Equestrian Centre.   The appeal was in the New Forest National Park where housing is […]

18 Aug 2016

Passivhaus design

Passivhaus design

ECA architects and planners have been very excited about being involved in a number of projects to develop dwellings to Passivhaus standards. We have achieved planning permission for a new dwelling in the north dorset countryside, currently undergoing detailed design to Passivhaus standards and we are embarking on a new project in Surrey for a […]