Situated in the picturesque Airedale Valley, Watson Batty Architects acted as Lead Architect on this new development for Skipton Properties, situated on the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales.
Containing 37no properties, the new homes have been built from random coursed natural stone with traditional features such as oak-framed entrance canopies, stone corbels and eaves dentils, with mullioned windows and door surrounds. Internally all properties have log-burning stoves and traditional chimneys.
Due to the sensitive nature of the site with residents believing an urban development would ruin the rural outlook, proactive and diligent work was required by the project team to allow for full planning approval to be successfully granted in 2015. This was aided via the use of naturally sourced materials which respects the existing character of the nearby surrounding agricultural and residential properties.
The hillside setting of this site coupled with the steep topography created opportunities to have a tiered development where the proposed houses ‘cascaded’ down the slopes, enabling stunning views across the valley from most of the properties. These level changes also ensured that the existing farm cottages would have their own views largely retained across the tops of the new roofscapes.
Following consultation with the community and local authority, the provision of additional car parking located at the site entrance (for use by the residents and neighbours living in the properties immediately adjacent to Green Lane), along with public open amenity space has delivered extra value to the scheme surroundings.
Marking the initial phase of a two phased project, the site has access from both Green Lane and Black Abbey Lane.