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Chartered Architect

& General Practice Surveyor





 Conversion of Listed Building to seven apartments: Farnham Surrey.

A scheme has been designed to convert an office building of 340m2 (3600 sq ft) close to the centre of Farnham, into seven one and two bedroom apartments. A planning application was submitted, but had to be withdrawn in January 2009 due to an unexpected planning policy problem caused by the Local Planning Authority. The issue was programmed to be solved by the middle of December 2009, but this was delayed until the end of July 2012
0. Although we were totally powerless to speed matters up, a complaint was made to the Local Government Ombudsman but this was rejected (expected by worth a try): Two planning applications were submitted in September 2012
0 for four and seven apartments. Planning permission for four apartments was granted in November 2012
0. Work has started on the conversion work.  

 Demolition of coach house and erection of garage block with studio above

In the grounds of a classic Victorian (1870) rectory that was converted into four apartments in the 1960's, stands the original coach house which has fallen into disrepair. The client wishes to demolish the building and erect a new one with three garages below and a studio above. As a result of a previous planning appeal decision a sunlight expert has been employed and calculations made and a planning application was been submitted. The application was recommended for approval, but at the planning meeting, the Councillors of the committee refused permission, and had to provide a reason for refusal. A planning appeal was submitted and the appeal was allowed and planning permission granted. The client will probably start construction work in the spring of 2012


Work to 'Spice Village' Indian restaurant in The Square Emsworth

A planning application by John Groom was approved for a previous owner,
 to convert the first floor into six ensuite letting bedrooms. The current owner decided to use the rooms for staff accommodation and they had to be upgraded as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). Negotiations were held with the local authority and fire officer. Drawings were produced and the work carried out. Planning permission was obtained for an external staircase to allow the removal of an internal staircase so that the kitchen could be enlarged. Other works are ongoing


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John Groom, Chartered Architect,
may be contacted at:

32A High Street, Emsworth,
Hampshire PO10 7AW

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T. 01243 430617
M. 07780 997563


Normal Office Hours
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday mornings by prior appointment.


at other times please telephone:
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Detached chalet bungalow for a self build client: Horndean

The site is very steeply sloping, and was the side garden of a detached house in an already built up area. A structural engineer was employed to dig trial holes and a detailed land survey produced. After a long lead in design time to comply with the clients requirements, a planning application was submitted in January 2009 for a purpose designed three bedroomed dwelling. Planning permission was obtained at the end of March 2009. The client is organising the building work himself, which is well advanced  


 Detached bungalow near Clanfield


Developer clients purchased a plot of land with outline planning permission. The plot is the rear part of the garden of a existing dwelling: an individual design was produced, to make the building more interesting, as bungalows can look very mundane. The clients organised the construction of the building, and it is currently for sale




Emsworth Web Designs  ã2012