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  • Woolacombe

    Planning Permission for fabulous café on Woolacombe beach.

    North Devon Chartered Architects Peregrine Mears Architects has achieved a significant milestone in the development of the Beachcomber Café site, which sits on the edge of Woolacombe beach. Working closely Parkin Estates, planning permission has been granted for this exciting project, supporting the vital, local tourist economy, creating a vibrant quality destination for the local…

  • Dan Huxtable CIAT Charted Architectural Technologist

    Dan Huxtable returns to the PMA architectural team.

    PMA have this week welcomed back a valued member of their team, as Dan Huxtable has rejoined the practice. Having started as an Apprentice Architectural Technician in 2016 he recalled. “Within my first few weeks at Barnstaple architects PMA it was immediately clear that I had chosen the right profession, it was all I hoped…

  • Class Q

    Class Q barn approval improved by demolition & replacement

    Sometimes a more strategic approach is required to achieve the best results not just stopping having at Class Q barn permitted development, but taking several steps to reach the final, desired outcome; this might be planned or responding to circumstances. An approval under Class Q permitted development had been achieved for the conversion of the…

  • House design

    Planning approval for a sensitive site in Barnstaple

    PMA have obtained planning permission for a lovely individual house design; a detached family home in Pill Lane, situated to the outskirts of Barnstaple, North Devon, in the parish of Bishops Tawton. The two storey house has four bedrooms, comfortable reception space and kitchen and double garage. The biggest challenge was the sensitive location, owing…

  • Woolacombe

    Planning approval for Woolacombe holiday apartments

    PMA have this month obtained planning approval for the development of a property in Woolacombe. This substantial property, located in the heart of this most popular of coastal villages, is currently a mixed use current being a large House of Multiple Occupation (HMO), Launderette and Office now has consent to convert to 6 holiday letting…

  • Class Q fallback position

    Does Class Q give the best outcome for barns?

    Current legislation provides a unique opportunity to convert qualifying existing agricultural structures, commonly referred to as Class Q, into residential units. Having Class Q permitted development approval, are there further opportunities? Yes, potentially under the fallback position. You can possibly unlock the potential of your underutilised or redundant agricultural buildings if the building qualifies under…

  • Perry Mears architect

    Perry Mears values membership of The Design Peview Panel

    As an experienced RIBA Chartered Architect, PMA Director Perry Mears enjoys and values his involvement as a member of The Design Review Panel; visit their website. “The Design Review Panel is a group of independent, multi-disciplinary construction professionals working in the built environment, operating throughout England”, explained Panel Manager, Jonathan Braddick. He continued:  “The Panel provides…

  • Off-grid living, a growing trend

    Following research done by scientists Copernicus Climate Change Service 2023 has been declared as the hottest on Earth, ever since records began; 2024 could be even hotter. It is therefore no coincidence that the interest in building sustainable and off-plan homes is on the increase. “We are receiving an increasing number of enquirers from people…

  • Victorian

    New phase for an Ilfracombe Victorian Oliver building

    Wander around The Torrs, Ilfracombe and see examples of Victorian architecture, larger villa-style buildings intended as grand, spacious private residences; Ilfracombe at its most affluent, at the height of its popularity, with a prestigious national reputation. Over time, several later became schools; Ilfracombe College, the Convent of the Immaculate Conception and Hereford House School. The…