Replacement dwelling with cart lodge & stables, Lawshall, Suffolk.

Replacement dwelling with cart lodge & stables.

Lawshall, Suffolk.


This site was originally a post war bungalow (late 50’s), with a dog kenneling and cattery business. It was able to accommodate 60 dogs and 40 cats and within 3 acres.


In all there were in excess of 12 outbuildings on the site in varying states of repair, to house the dogs and cats. Out of control Leylandii trees and hedges dominated the site and was a blot on the landscape.

Our brief was to design a 5 bedroom house for the clients to occupy with their young family. The building required a modern layout internally to including open plan living areas, a good engagement with the garden and a generous quantity of glazing. There was to be a 3 bay cart lodge which would also house the biomass boiler. Also required was stabling for the horses, a horse walker, a manege and paddock.

Once submitted for planning permission. The consultation process went smoothly, without objections from the neighbours, the local parish council or any statutory bodies.

The planning officer had concerns about the size of the property, and so the application was submitted to the Planning & development committee meeting. The committee unanimously approved the scheme and permission was granted.

Our client was extremely pleased and we progressed with the discharge of conditions within the planning approval and completed the Building Regulation drawings.