Client: Private
Sector: Residential
Location: Canterbury
Ward: Canterbury City Council
Status: Planning

Tudor House is a Grade II listed building located on Best Lane in Canterbury, close to the High Street.

A timber-framed building refaced in the 18th century, Tudor House features three storeys and an attic with a gable end. It has an old tiled roof, with the upper floors tile-hung in fish-scale tiles, and a brick ground floor. The overhang is supported by wooden brackets, and the windows are 1:2:3 sashes set in moulded wooden architraves with wooden sills. The ground floor has one double-hung sash window. The left side features an 18th-century doorcase with a moulded architrave and a six-panelled door. Inside, the house boasts 18th-century panelling and a round-headed recess in the front room.

The proposed scheme addresses the need for a functional and aesthetically pleasing kitchen/diner, replacing the existing unsympathetic and low-quality extensions. The current kitchen layout is impractical for a family home, utilising reduced-depth units to allow for adequate circulation, as shown in the photo below. The new design will also provide a replacement utility room and WC.

The extension has been designed in response to concerns raised by the conservation department and the planning inspectorate. Consequently, the new design is subservient to the host dwelling in form, scale, and materials. The footprint of the proposal has been meticulously planned to match the area of the existing additions while reducing the impact on the historic facade.