NTAD has gained planning approval for a two storey front extension to Mount Pleasant located within the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in Somerset. The proposal will replace a series of modern front extensions (ground and first floor) that compromise the character of the historic stone cottage.

The site benefits from panoramic views over Taunton Vale, the Quantock Hills and Mendip Hills with the beautiful Castle Neroche Forest as a backdrop. Despite its setting, the design of the existing cottage provides limited distant views with an overly complex floor plan.


The proposal will reinstate a traditional cottage frontage and include local rubble stone walls with red brick arches and detailing typical of cottages found within the Blackdown Hills. The floor plan is simplified to create a formal lounge with new inglenook fireplace. Two narrow, full height windows capture distant views towards the Quantock and Mendip Hills.

The first floor will provide a master bedroom suite with two traditional dormer windows on the front elevation. The gable wall will include a contemporary box window with integrated window seat and a corner window set at a height to enable panoramic views from the bed.

This planning application ran incredibly smoothly with a delegated decision by the planning officer. Looking forward to seeing this built.

AuthorNick Thorne