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Trinity Watch

Design process

Trinity Watch went through a decade-long protracted planning process with many shifts in policy along the way.

Two planning applications were made in 2002 for four large detached houses on a 0.54 hectare arable field. These were opposed by neighbouring owners and rejected by Penwith District Council.

Tyack Architects worked closely with Penwith Council to negotiate a new scheme in 2003. The architects and the case planning officer both had experience of working on the Cotswold Affordable Housing Initiative, using public funding to raise the local design standards.

Two more planning applications in 2004 were rejected by the council against the advice of its own officers. A planning appeal was lodged and the council gave consent in 2005. At this point a neighbour lodged a claim for a judicial review (refused) and then a renewed claim to the High Court (also refused in June 2006).
Work finally started on site in September 2007 and finished in September 2009.

Rosemullion Homes is a small house builder working through local subcontractors coordinated by its own site agent. This meant that they were directly involved in construction, exercised strict quality control and that changes could be made in the course of construction without having to negotiate contract variations.

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Key information

Location

St Ives

Region

South West

Award

2009 winner