Building in a tree preservation area

Location: Cheadle, Greater Manchester
Budget: £250,000
Project: Swimming pool and gym extension, kitchen refurbishment
Duration: Nine months
Work undertaken: Complete design and build management


MMP were recommended to this private client by a builder who had been approached to modify the existing kitchen study and lounge into a through kitchen/dining and morning room, a lounge and a small extension for the study. The builder advised that this was all that was possible due to the blanket tree preservation order on the site. The client indicated that should it be possible to remove the tress he would actual like to build his own swimming pool.

Planning Permission

A blanket tree preservation order had been place on the whole estate at the time of building meaning one of the proposed houses could not be built. The land was subsequently divided and given to the two adjoining houses, thus the site was considerably larger than at first proposed.

Following an initial refusal by the Council to fell any trees, designs were initially prepared in an attempt to preserve all the trees; this proved impractical. Further negotiations with the Local Planning Authority lead to eventual permission to fell four of the five preserved tress on the site, thus allowing the full scheme the client wanted to be built.

The Results

By negotiation with the planning department MMP were able to realise the full potential of the site to create not only the initial requirements but also the personal leisure facilities desired by the client.

MMP Chartered Architects
No 4 Thorp House • Thorp Street • Macclesfield • Cheshire • SK10 1LJ