Alex Coleman BA(Hons) DipArch (Kingston)
Roberto Scalzullo ARB RIBA

New build, Gibbon Road, Kingston Upon Thames

28 Gibbon Road is a former warehouse site located within the mainly residential area of Gibbon Road. The former single-storey buildings have been demolished with the former exterior walls retained as the present boundary limits at the rear of the plot. Planning permission was granted under 13/12014/FUL for a new 4-bedroom detached house with off-street parking.

The proposal is to construct a new five bedroom detached house with a footprint of 137m2. The size of the proposed property is similar to the other houses located within Gibbon Road.

At ground floor level the new accommodation will comprise an entrance hall, lounge, cloaks, utility and kitchen/dining area. From the stairs within the hall, access will be gained to the first floor level where there will be three bedrooms, one with an en-suite and a family bathroom. A second flight of stairs will lead to the master bedroom with an en-suite and the fifth bedroom/study all located within the new roof space. Internal layouts and fittings will be in accordance with Part M of the current Building Regulations. The new dwelling shall achieve a Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The proposed house will reflect the scale of the neighbouring properties in Gibbon Road. Window heights and widths have been chosen to reflect the style of neighbouring properties. Door heights and widths have been chosen to enable easy access for people into the building. The new property will have an amenity space of 122m2.

Conventional garden landscaping will be incorporated within the scheme. The reduction in height of the existing rear garden boundary wall will allow more light into both the proposed rear garden and the neighbouring properties. The proposed parking area will be open plan with a paved finish, laid to falls. Disabled access will be provided via a 1200mm wide pathway, ramp and landing to the main entrance door.

The external materials will match the existing neighbouring properties. This is to include buff coloured bricks with red face brick quions and feature band. Around the front bay window white painted render will be to the pallisters and cornice. The new roofs and rear dormer will be covered in Eternit slates to match other properties within the area. New doors and windows will be white double glazed units. Black rainwater gutters and down pipes will be used.

The proposed dwelling will be similar in design, scale and materials to the existing properties in Gibbon Road. The actual position has been established so as to limit any possible effect upon other properties. There is only one window within the proposed side elevation and this serves the first floor family bathroom and will be glazed with frosted glass. The new dwelling shall achieve a Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. New hedge planting will be provided to the road side boundary.

At this stage there has been no involvement or discussions with other community members or professionals.

The proposed house will reflect the existing detached housing within this area by way of design and the materials to be used. The siting of the house has been sympathetic to the existing adjacent properties and the established tree, whilst creating a modern family house with adequate amenity space around the property. The proposed house has been set back to line up and adhere to the existing street scene and also to provide for adequate off street parking for the proposed property.

The new dwelling shall achieve a Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Vehicular access to the site from Gibbon Road will be via the extended existing crossover. All the works will comply with the Local Highway Authority specifications and details.

The existing front garden wall will be demolished and a new wall formed. The proposed hard standing will have a paved finish with construction to allow the infiltration of surface water to the subsoil. There will be on-site parking for 2 cars parked at 90 degrees to Gibbon Road.

Provision for cycle storage will be accommodated in a purpose built housing positioned at the rear of the property.

Refuse and recycle bins will be located wholly within the confines of the plot and positioned to the rear of the proposed dwelling.

Pedestrian access will be via the new vehicle crossover with separate personnel gate provided to the main entrance. Exterior lighting, operated via sensors will be provided to the façade of the building at the rear and side elevations to provide a safe and accessible environment. Access to the new dwelling will comply with the access requirements for disabled people as required by the Disability Discrimination Act.

There are adequate local transport and shopping facilities within walking distance of the property.

Access for the Emergency services will be via Gibbon Road.


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