The site of the former Pooles Peugeot car sales garage in Camp Road Gosport had been on the market and remained vacant, for a number of years. Our client, PMC Construction expressed an interest to develop the site as affordable housing for First Wessex Housing Association.

PMC approached PDP Architecture LLP to prepare plans to maximise the site’s development potential and provide 2 and 3-bed houses and 1 and 2-bed apartments.

The site had bungalows and two storey houses to two boundaries and a petrol filling station to another boundary, constraints which informed the design of the scheme layout.

House types were developed which meant 2-bed and 3-bed houses were housed in the same building footprint and envelope, with the 3-bed units utilising the attic space. This allowed the massing of the houses to be reduced with the 2-bed houses forming the end of terrace properties and allowing full hipped roofs to suit the surroundings.

The scheme developed as three short terraces with a fourth block as 1 and 2-bed apartments. Issues concerning the proximity of the petrol station and the location of the pumps meant the block of flats acted as a buffer from that facility, facing away from the petrol station and forming a noise barrier with its massing.

During the application process, neighbouring residents expressed concerns over the impact of the development to their properties and PDP Architecture was able to amend the design and demonstrate that the impact was not as the residents had feared. Massing models and sections showing building relationships and methods to negate overlooking issues were provided and resulted in a planning approval being granted by Gosport Borough Council in December 2013.