TUFTON STREET, ASHFORD
|Client:||RDT Invest Ltd|
|Team||Jason Chandler, Dan Town|
The site at 23 Tufton Street, Ashford, is currently occupied by a derelict warehouse and is in a very poor state of repair. Areas to the rear of the site have been partially demolished and the main building is subject to extensive water ingress and vermin.
The site has been subject to previous planning applications for removal of the existing building and replacement with houses and apartments; however, it has twice been refused planning by Ashford Borough Council. Working closely with a new site owner and JTS Partnership Planning Consultants, OSG undertook extensive site analysis and reviewed the approach of the failed applications.
The site is very tightly located and the small courtyard gardens of the properties located directly to the south, along Churchyard Passage, are currently overshadowed by it. In addition, there is a listed wall located along the southern site boundary, access is problematic due to the narrowness of Bull’s Yard, and the site lies within the conservation area.
Taking the above into account, we have come up with a solution that has received a favourable response from initial consultations with Ashford Borough Council. The scheme, which provides the client with an economically viable development, not only removes the existing derelict building but also creates a residential development that complements its context and improves the outlook and amenity for its neighbours.
Our scheme allows for a modern three-storey apartment block on Tufton Street that fits the scale of development in the area and sits slightly lower in scale than the Phoenix Public House building opposite. This leads back to a row of small-scale terraced houses that runs along Bull’s Yard, each with a two-storey element along the frontage, and a single-storey element to the rear. The design minimizes the impact on neighbouring properties or actually improves the amenity for them.
Each house has a private courtyard garden that creates additional distance between the two-storey element and the neighbouring properties, as well as providing amenity, daylight and private outdoor space. We feel that this courtyard garden concept is a perfect approach for dealing with the need to provide private amenity within tight urban development sites.