Planning Approval for The Outspan · 15:12:20

Planning Approval for The Outspan

Planning approval received for extension to 1939 Chalet-Bungalow.

The proposal includes the replacement of the existing concrete-slate, hipped roof with a timber-shingled, mansard roof; the replacement of the conservatory to the West of the property, and the replacement of the flat roof with a pitched roof to the existing garage. The new roof will be clad in timber shingles to blend into its woodland garden and reduce the impact of the new form on the historic setting of the adjacent Penryn Conservation Area and listed property of Westhill.

We have taken a fabric-first approach, using high performance natural materials to provide a highly-insulated home. Through the design and construction of the project we will also address the wellbeing of the people who build and live in the project; the impact the design has on the natural environment; the reduction of waste in both construction and use; and the management of water to reduce its use. Where possible local materials and trades will be used to reduce transport costs. Passiv-haus design principles have influenced the design approach and the specification of local natural materials will contribute to the overall reduction in embodied energy and the energy of the building in use over its lifetime.

The original house was built in 1939 by Mrs Margaret Ann Bennetts, on a plot of land that was part of a medieval field system and had been known as Cosiers Meadow. Inspiration for the design of the new roof comes from the historic, social and cultural context of both the area and the family history of the people involved in its construction. The Outspan is an unusual name for a property in the Penryn area.

The word ‘outspan’ means a temporary stopping place on a long journey and has direct links through Mrs Margaret Ann Bennetts –the purchaser of the plot– to the mining communities in America and South Africa, where she spent a large part of her life until coming to Penryn in 1924. The original form of veranda and balcony give The Outspan a ‘modernist- colonial’ feel and the design of the roof has been influenced by the historical links to both. The historical reasons for this have influenced the design of the new roof. The mansard has aesthetic links to the gambrel roof, which were common on domestic buildings in South Africa in the late 1800s early 1900s.

Examples of one-off mansard roofs can also be found in the local area on domestic properties dating from late 1800s to the mid-1900s in Port Navas, Falmouth, Truro and Penryn itself. However, the most common use of the mansard in the area is found on the post-war Cornish Unit; a pre-fabricated house, examples of which can be found across Cornwall. The Cornish Units built in Penryn, found on Greenwood Road and Greenwood Crescent are named after Alfred Teague Greenwood, who sold the plot of land to Mrs Margaret Ann Bennetts in 1939.

Planning Application number: PA20/07793


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