Extension and Remodelling, Yan Tan, Panorama Drive, Ilkley

The modification and extension of this large 19thC detached dwelling to construct a rear single storey extensions to replace an existing extension and conservatory, together with a “front” 2 storey extension to form a new garage and gym. The development will benefit the existing property whilst sensitive to the Conservation Area, the character and setting of the neighbouring buildings and their amenity.

The property is set onto the unadopted highway, with a large rear garden opening onto the Moor and a courtyard directly behind the garage block. Amblethorpe the neighbouring property to the east, was built in 1892 and Yan Tan formed the coach house. Whilst the historic elements remain, they have been absorbed and extended to form the house that now exists. The stone and slate used in construction, detailing, and survival of some original features, reinforces the special nature of this area, and great care is required with any development to respect this character.

Overall, the design of the existing dwelling can be said to be underwhelming, incorporating uncomfortable proportions of the newer additions and asymmetrical windows, which are unbalanced, with a distinct lack of quality detailed features and finesse which would normally be found on a good example of a building of this type and era.

The views to the rear of the property necessitate a considered and refined approach to the design of the new elements. The rear extensions incorporate extensive floor to ceiling glazing and flat, sedum covered roofs to both contrast with the detail of the Victorian house and allow first floor widows to be incorporated. The flat roofs will reduce the prominence and assist in achieving subservience. The elegant eaves detailing incorporating ribbed timber with strong overhangs will create visual depth and interest. The use of natural stone for walling and a chimney further integrate the proposal into its historic setting and are harmonious with the host dwelling. The proposed extensions are of a contemporary design and considered to be of very good design quality.

The new ‘front’ two-storey stone and glass extension enhances the refurbished existing building, providing garaging and a gym at the upper floor.

The solidity of the existing building is reflected in the solid panels of stone on the extension. The deeply recessed side entrance helps differentiate the two elements. Large panels of glazing on the upper level offers long distant views of the Wharf Valley, whilst privacy is ensured by their recess.

Planning permission obtained 2022