Cotswold lakeside holiday home development looks to build three-storey ‘pavilion’
Developers of almost 60 units of holiday homes around lakes near a village in the Cotswolds have applied to alter the terms of their planning permission to build one large “pavilion” with a solarium and a library, rather than the two four-bedroom homes previously approved. The development outside Fairford village has already altered other plots at the lakeside site to form one large property.
The move will see another housing unit reduction at the lakes, which was approved for 59 residential units and a leisure facility in 2010, though construction would not start until 2016. Now developers are shifting toward a single three-storey property type, with balconies on every level, four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and gorgeous views over the Cotswolds Water Park.
Previous alterations from two units to one have been approved by Cotswold District Council, with at least two other plots at Lake 103, to the east of Fairford, also changed to the new “Pavilion” type of home. Despite taking up an extra storey than the previous two four-bedroom homes plans, as the new Pavilion has a flat roof it is still five metres short of the 15 metre ceiling imposed by nearby RAF Fairford.
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The holiday home development is around a series of manmade lakes, formed after intensive mining at the location, with approval to build the units around lakes 103, 103a and 104. These lakes are to the east of Fairford and just south of the A417 and have a long history of recreational use, with anglers and commercial fishing using the area in decades past.
Now, with construction on these holiday homes well underway, the lakes will be the stage for opulent Cotswold bolt holes, with waterfront access for a day on the water, a solarium to soak in the summer sun, and a library for those rainy days. Each floor has an extensive balcony so the occupants will never be too far from the sun and that lakeside breeze.
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To meet the design requirements set out in the Cotswold Design Plan, the ground floor will be clad in Cotswold stone, while the first floor will have horizontal stained brown timber, and the second floor vertical black timber battens. The ground floor is dedicated to a large kitchen/diner/living area, while its four bedrooms are entirely located on the first floor, and the solarium with a wide canopy terrace is on the second floor.
Due to the change from the original 2010 approved plans, these new Pavilions, which are larger than the previous units, will have to pay a Community Infrastructure Levy fee on each property. If the alteration is approved by the district council, this fee will likely be more than £2000 for the property.
You can find the rest of the alterations to the planning application on the Cotswold District Council planning portal, searching for 23/01806/FUL.