It is amazing what gems lie hidden within a relatively modest building, this one Stalbridge Post Office. I am always pleasantly surprised when out and about I discover a feature of interest. On a personal front, my supervets crew won the bronze medal at Appledore so feeling both sore and elated after an amazing weekend rowing for Bridport!
This month’s projects include submissions for two in Dorset in Stalbridge and Netherbury, and two in East Devon in Kilmington and Sidbury. We are lucky to have submitted one project into Dorset (in Loders) for listed building consent just before the announcement of the resignation of the long-standing conservation officer who historically dealt with all our applications for North and West Dorset. Two new clients in Lyme Regis and Osmington.
We have been appointed architects for another extension to a curtilage listed building in Kilmington and this includes an annex for an elderly relative. We are used to these and also extensions to the barn to provide a family room/kitchen large enough to entertain in as this has direct access to the garden and wide-ranging views across the East Devon AONB towards Dalwood and beyond. The barn was converted in 2001 by a fellow architect David Highet, now retired so we have a good basis from which to start work.
This week has seen the survey of one property (without bats) and the change to the ecological protocol affecting all wildlife including bats, newts, dormice and hedgehogs so there is no excuse to avoid protection of these endangered species or for mitigation in all our schemes from 1 April 2022. It is clear that we now have to look at all hedges as well as buildings and trees for any evidence of wildlife, we thankfully can rely on a colleague to advise us accordingly. Katie Pollard is the Dorset Batwoman! How long will it be before apiaries are similarly protected?