Project

Harford Manor & Estate

Location

Holyport, Maidenhead

Client

QUADA Ltd.

Services Used

Pegasus Group have been acting on behalf of QUADA (Holyport) Limited for the submission of numerous planning applications in relation to Harford Manor, Holyport within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM).

Harford Manor has a complex planning history which includes an appeal decision to allow the demolition of an existing residential property and associated outbuildings to enable development of a single, larger residential property with the redevelopment of the associated equestrian facilities (Appeal Ref: 2194040, allowed August 2013). The inspector identified the proposal to be “inappropriate” by definition but considered that the site’s unique set of circumstances resulted in an improved level of openness to the green belt. The unique circumstances included the site’s secluded location; the development’s high quality and appropriate design; and the fact that the proposals sought to demolish a number of existing buildings, resulting in a reduced level of development. On balance, the Inspector allowed the appeal, concluding that “very special circumstances” existed in that case.

As part of the original development of the ‘estate’ also created with the Manor House, and following the successful defence of the Secretary of State referred appeal against eight ‘gypsy pitches’ on land immediately adjacent to the main site entrance in 2012 (Pegasus Group defended the case alongside RBWM), planning permission was then granted in June 2014 to change the use of the roadside public house (Class A4), which was located at the top of the driveway to Harford Manor, to a single residential dwelling (Class C3). In order to justify the loss of a community facility, marketing information was presented to the Council which demonstrated that the public house had made increasing losses over the previous three years. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead concluded that the public house is no longer thriving and the loss has been adequately justified for the loss of the public house.

Once this planning permission had been established, the applicants used this to their benefit and Pegasus Group successfully secured planning permission for the further extension to Harford Manor with construction of pool house and gym and construction of a pool house and gym, the construction of a gated access to the site (following the demolition of the existing public house). Pegasus argued that the extension would not be disproportionate to the size of the original dwelling as well as being isolated out of any views from the public.

Most recently, Pegasus Group have submitted two Non-Material Amendment Applications for minor alterations to the pool house and main house in June 2017.

Following an Appeal in August 2013 the property has now been built harfordmanor.com.

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