Oxborough Lakes is a stunning development opportunity of 19.2 hectares (47.4 acres) of West Norfolk countryside offering lakes, woodland, reed beds and grasslands with planning consent for a re-use and renew scheme of an existing Class Q derelict building and extension to provide a state of the art "Grand Design" property.
The tranquil position of Oxborough Lakes gives a truly relaxed feel, especially for those with a passion for the natural environment and bird watching.
The site attracts much wildlife including otters, a variety of birds and nesting Marsh Harriers. The scheme has been designed to maximise the ecological opportunities and the build will camouflage its occupiers into the landscape.
Oxborough Lakes are set between Lodge Dyke and Oxborough Wood adjacent to the Boughton Fen (Site of Special Scientific Interest).
Oxborough Lakes are situated to the west of the small village of Oxborough in West Norfolk, renowned for its manor house Oxborough Hall, a medieval moated Manor House built in c. 1482 and now owned by the National Trust.
A triangle of vibrant cities including Norwich, Cambridge and Peterborough are nearby, whilst day to day facilities can be found at nearby Swaffham. Direct railway links to London can be accessed from Downham Market, Norwich and Peterborough. PLANNING
Planning has been obtained by the vendor through the renowned architects Lanpro of Pottergate, Norwich. Planning consent was granted by Breckland Council, application number 3PL/2016/1129/F. Full details of planning should be sought and considered prior to making a transactional decision and are available via the Council's website, www.breckland.gov.uk/planningsearch. There have been a number of pre-commencement conditions attributed to the consent including:-
- A commencement date no later than three years of the permission granted date of Friday 16th June 2017.
- Prior to the commencement of the development a detailed specification for the construction of the dwelling should be submitted and approved in writing by the local planning authority.
- The provision of a bird hide and associated access for public use to be installed.
- Commitment to a Construction Ecological Management Plan (CEMP) and long term landscape management plan including development of two flint strips to encourage wildlife.
- Other conditions can be found on the aforementioned Council's website.
The proposed property, designed by Lanpro Architects, is accessed via a driveway that meanders through a wood and gives access to one neighbouring dwelling. The drive eventually opens to views of Oxborough Lakes. The state of the art steel build will extend to a right angle, incorporate the existing building and will be situated on the right hand side of the driveway. Four pairs of pillars raise the main body of the building giving a feeling of floating in mid-air. Connectivity with the landscape has been the key throughout the planned interior with open plan living area, double height hallway and generous bedrooms and bathrooms.
The living space and kitchen will give access to a balcony designed to be the perfect place for bird watching. The roof will be fully accessible as an entertaining and relaxing space and will be an ideal vantage point from which to enjoy the sunset.
Pictures supplied by Lanpro Architects and Urban Design. Wildlife images by Mr Alan Hale.
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