Building designs of the New Forest celebrated in new awards scheme

Cherry tree cottage Woodgreen

Published Wednesday 2 December 2015

From traditional thatched cottages to historic houses and more contemporary designs, the New Forest is renowned for the character of its buildings.

Now the best new developments over the past three years have been recognised in a new Building Design Awards launched this summer.

Over 40 people nominated more than 20 separate schemes, celebrating high quality development and recognising the contribution that excellent design makes to the built environment of the New Forest.

At the end of November 2015 an assessment panel made up of five members of the National Park Authority’s Planning Development Control Committee met to consider the nominated schemes in the three categories of:

  • extensions
  • individual buildings
  • larger developments.

Pat Wyeth, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority’s Planning Committee, said around 1,000 planning applications are submitted in the National Park each year – 88% of which are approved - and the awards scheme is another way to highlight the importance of good design in the National Park.

She said: ‘We were keen to award those designs that have been received enthusiastically by those living in or visiting the National Park and would like to thank all the residents, parish councils and architects for nominating all these projects for an award.

‘We were pleased with the variety of buildings put forward and the panel felt that the winning schemes really contribute to and reinforce the character of the built environment of the New Forest – a truly special place. They include a modern extension to a church which is open to the local community; the re-build of a traditional thatched cottage which had been damaged by fire; and the development of seven new homes in the heart of the Forest’s largest village.’

The panel agreed to make the following awards:

  • Winner of the Extensions Category: Poulner Baptist Chapel, Hangersley
2015 Building Design Award winner
  • Winner of the Individual Building Category: Cherry Tree Cottage, Woodgreen
2015 Building Design Award winner
  • Winner of the Larger Development Category: Southview, Gosport Lane, Lyndhurst. 

2015 Building Design Award winner

In this Larger Development category, the panel also wished to 'Highly Commend' two new dwellings at Derritt Lane, Bransgore.

2015 Building Design Award commended

Framed certificates will be presented to the winning schemes at the full New Forest National Park Authority meeting at Lymington Town Hall on 21 January 2016.

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Notes to Photo Editor:
Winner of the Individual Building Category: Cherry Tree Cottage, Woodgreen

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About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect.
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contacts:
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608
Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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