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Vision of a Contemporary Homestead

March 2024

With 2024 now well underway, we are back into a busy schedule including applications, design reviews, and land promotion work.

We have also undertaken modelling for several of our smaller architectural projects, including the proposal above for a large one-off new home designed as a contemporary homestead...


Another RM Approval in Bristol!

February 2024

We are delighted to report a second Reserved Matters approval in Bristol for Goram Homes and Countryside Partnerships in as many months.
Phase One of the former school site in Hengrove, to the south of the city centre, is set to deliver 130 new homes which includes two and three storey houses and four storey apartments...


Happy New Year!

January 2024

Happy New Year and welcome to our first newsletter of 2024. We hope that you had a great break and we look forward to catching up with you over the coming weeks and months.

We were delighted with a flurry of planning approvals just before Christmas. These included from Bristol City Council to Goram Homes and Countryside Partnerships...

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December 2023

Our office will be closed on Friday lunchtime (the 22nd) and reopen on Tuesday 2nd January.

This year we are once again donating to @sheltercharity and thanks to Jacob for designing our card this Christmas.

Thank you to all our clients for the continued support and here's to a prosperous and optimistic 2024!  

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Application Submitted for Banwell

December 2023

pad is happy to have assisted Bristol-based Woodstock Homes with the submission of an application for outline planning permission at Banwell village in North Somerset. The site can deliver up to 95 new homes, including a policy compliant level of affordable housing, substantial areas of open space including a community orchard...

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Lakewood House Mendip Hills

November 2023

A visualisation of the (now approved) proposals to extend a family home on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Exciting News Alert! pad Design is now an employee-owned business, recognising that our success has been and always will be built upon the hard work and commitment of our diverse team...

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Topping Out at The Old Printworks

October 2023

We were pleased to attend the topping out ceremony at Acorn Property Group's The Old Printworks site in Frome this month. It is great to see this development of 159 new homes nearing completion. Pad's role included both the Reserved Matters and working drawing stages on this brownfield site. Click here to read Acorn's Case Study of the site...

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Brownfield Application in Bristol

September 2023

This month an application has been made for outline planning permission for redevelopment of the GPI site at Fishponds, Bristol. One of three adjoining sites, the proposals (formed of controlling parameters plans with supporting illustrative material, including the massing study left) will see up to 255 new homes provided set around a central open space.

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Submissions & Permissions!

August 2023

Reserved Matters have now been submitted to Bristol City Council for residential redevelopment at Dovercourt Road (140 homes) and Phase 1 of New Fosseway Road (130 new homes). As reported last month, we are working on both sites alongside Countryside Partnerships and Goram Homes. Streetscenes from the New Fosseway site are shown left...

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Summer is Coming!

July 2023

We hope that you are well and enjoying the summer! This month we are pleased to welcome James Essery to the practice, who joins us as an Urban Designer. This short newsletter celebrates ongoing projects with Goram Homes, and another visit to Arborfield Green in our revisited section, as well as the striking Lane End Farm (left)...

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Summer is Coming!

June 2023

With the recent sunny weather and hot air balloons being a common sight in the sky over Bristol, this image - taken from our recent entry to the city's housing competition - seems particularly apt. A joint entry with Seed Landscape, the entry saw Mark, Hannah and Paulina put in a considerable effort out of office hours...

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RM Approvals in North Somerset

May 2023

As usual, our newsletter provides a brief overview of several recent projects here at pad. These include two recent reserved matters approvals for residential developments in North Somerset and the granting of outline planning approval for a custom build site in the West Midlands...

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Approval for Creedy Bridge!

April 2023

We were delighted in recent weeks when Reserved Matters approval was granted for Bellway's proposals at Creedy Bridge, Crediton. This will see the delivery of 257 new homes, with Public Open Space, land for a future primary school, sports pitches, up to five gypsy and traveller pitches, and access works...

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Planning Permission at Ladye Bay!

March 2023

We were delighted to see full planning permission granted this month for development of four very high quality new homes at Ladye Bay, Clevedon. Designed on behalf of Hawkfield Homes to overlook the North Somerset coast...

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Planning Permissions Start the Year

February 2023

Welcome to our second newsletter of the year. We have been pleased to see a couple of projects which we have been involved with receiving planning permission recently: Moonhill Copse (left) for EG Carter and Sovereign; and Badminton Road for Redcliffe Homes.

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Happy New Year!

January 2023

We hope that you had a great festive season and we wish you all the best for the coming year. We are looking forward to an exciting few months, which we expect to include several new planning applications which we were busy helping to prepare just before the break.


Approval for Greenhill Road Proposals

December 2022

In this final newsletter of 2022, we are pleased to report approval on two sites in North Somerset as well as another recent submission in Wiltshire...


Grand Designs for Autumn!

November 2022

We were delighted to see our Treetops project featured in the Grand Designs magazine this month. This striking home lies within the Green Belt and replaced the previous outdated dwelling on the site. The article can be read on our website by clicking here.

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Planning Permission at Village Road

October 2022

Here at pad, our latest monthly newsletter provides a quick update on several of our projects and a recent photo from one of our historic sites. September saw the granting of full planning permission for re-development of land at Village Road, Cheltenham...

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Application Submitted at Ladye Bay

September 2022

It has been a busy summer here at pad, one which has included the submission of a planning application by Hawkfield Homes for four very high quality dwellings overlooking Ladye Bay at Clevedon, on the Somerset coast...

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Visions from the Next Generation!

August 2022

Images which could be from another world have been seen in the pad office this month. We enjoyed having three young would-be designers with us for their work experience week. We asked Bethan, Pablo and Mo to design their dream home...

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Home Improvements in Somerset

July 2022

This month has seen applications for improvements to two family homes in North Somerset. The first of these, known as Field House, is currently a relatively unremarkable bungalow; the proposals as shown above would see it become a striking modernised dwelling...

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Hanging out the Bunting!

June 2022

Recent weeks having seen a number of interesting projects starting up, as well as planning applications and reserved matters approvals. We have had the chance to return to several of our previous projects (before the bunting went up)...

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The Possibilities of Spring!

May 2022

Along with progressing a range of projects, from bespoke one-off dream homes to large masterplans, we are enjoying getting back out to see progress on a number of sites for the first time in a while...

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Spring at Moonhill Copse

April 2022

It has been another busy month at Pad, one which has seen several Reserved Matters submissions as well as new and continuing discussions surrounding projects which are currently in for planning.


A Challenging Winter

March 2022

With the wider issues going on in the world, these projects are providing a welcome distraction. We wish all the best to those caught up in the troubles in the Ukraine, and hope that you are all well too.


A Busy Start to the Year!

February 2022

2022 has started where 2021 left off, as the world continues to recover from the pandemic. The first month of the year has been a particularly busy one for pad, and has seen the submission of several planning applications...


Happy New Year!

January 2022

We hope that you all had a great Christmas and New Year. Pad returned to the office this morning, and it looks like a busy year ahead! We saw a number of applications submitted just before the break...

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