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Grand Refurbishment Planned at Rigoletto Restaurant, Middleton Stoney

Rigoletto Restaurant located on the Bicester Road at Middleton Stoney is to undergo a major refurbishment and redesign of its dining experience. A new vaulted roof is to be constructed over the bar and seating area, and the main dining room roof is to be raised to create a more spatial ambience.  Rigoletto’s feature orangery dining room is to have a new fully glazed roof to replace existing polycarbonate panels. Other improvements proposed are new bigger ladies and gents toilet facilities, and a fully accessible toilet facility to cater for all needs. At the entrance to the grounds patrons will be greeted by a new walled access way with inset lighting and signage.  The short drive to the restaurant is an experience in itself, looking out over open countryside you will follow a winding road with ground wash lighting pointing the way toward a wooden bridge beautifully illuminated on either side, and then continuing on along the lit road to the car park which, sits immediately to the front of the restaurant. On approaching the restaurant diners will be greeted by a new portico with stone columns either side set in front of the new vaulted entrance area.  Once inside you will be greeted by a new comfy seating arrangement where you can enjoy pre-dinner drinks and after dinner coffee or perhaps something more refreshing! The second phase of the refurbishment will include new outside dining terraces looking out over the beautiful grounds.  Check out the links below to view drawings showing some of the proposed improvements. Rigoletto Floor Plan Rigoletto Elevations Watch this page for further updates!...
A Truly Grand Commission…

A Truly Grand Commission…

Montpellier House, Suffolk Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 2DY 21 Flats, 2 Maisonettes And 12 Houses Gordon Wake is a consultant surveyor with a wealth of experience in carrying out measured building surveys and the production of existing floor plans and elevations for the architectural sector.  Gordon has supported Home Design Studios in this capacity for circa eight years and is an invaluable member of our support team. Gordon was recently commissioned to produce elevation drawings for the very grand Montpellier House building in Cheltenham. The superb drawings included herein really bring home the extent of the task undertaken, and the wonderful form of this historic building.   A classic Grade II listed period building of great style and elegance built of ashlar over brick with concealed roof in 1832 by the architect Edward Jenkins.  Has interesting historical links to the famous architect Sir Robert Smirke who lived in Montpellier House from 1859 until his death in 1867 and was responsible for designing many famous classical buildings including the main block and façade of the British Museum. Suffolk Square occupies land bought by the Earl of Suffolk from the de la Bere’s, on which he built Suffolk House for his own residence; his daughter later sold much of the land on which Suffolk Square now stands to developer James Fisher. It was converted from a house into flats, probably in the...

Solar Farm Approved at Upper Arncott

Solar Farm at Upper Arncott gets Green Light An application for a solar park in Upper Arncott has been approved by Cherwell District Council, subject to conditions. The installation will see the eight megawatt solar photovoltaic installation built on a site that is currently an agricultural field used for arable crop growing as part of Brook Farm. Planning permission was sought by Green Energy UK Direct Ltd  to install the panels, covering 40 acres, approximately a metre off the ground and with a maximum height of about three metres, facing south. Ancillary work includes access, a temporary compound and a substation. The site will be contained by a two metre high steel mesh security fence, mounted with CCTV cameras. Cllr Michael Gibbard, lead member for planning at Cherwell District Council, said “Given the relatively flat landscape, combined with proposed landscaping, the council considered that the proposal wouldn’t be visually intrusive or  harm the topography, character or appearance of the landscape. “The National Planning Policy Framework encourages councils to approve applications for renewable energy. Added to this the applicants have shown that there are no other suitable brownfield sites, there are no highway safety issues and they will work with the Environment Agency to address their concerns.” Further details for this application are available on the Cherwell District Council website planning pages using the reference number...

Your right to appeal!

The planning system is shrouded in “legal speak and technicality” leaving many people under the impression that an appeal is a costly and complex process that is out of their reach.  This is not always the case. Over the past three years there have been in excess of 22,000 planning appeals per year against the refusal of planning permission.  On average 32% are successful resulting in the appeal being upheld and the decision being overturned.  However, whilst the number of planning appeals made may seem significant, they only represent a small proportion of the planning refusals issued by Councils in the UK.  With this number of appeals and the average success being one in three, there is an obvious indication of the benefit of considering an appeal against the decisions routinely made by Councils. The Council’s decision does not have to be final and circumstances other than a refusal, such as onerous conditions or restrictions, can also be appealed. However, time is of the essence as there is a restricted period within which an appeal can be made, which is six months from the date of the decision notice to refuse or 12 weeks in the case of Householder Applications.  In order to achieve the best chance of success an appeal needs to be made early. It is also beneficial to consider engaging professional help as the legal requirements and technical language utilised by the planning authorities, if you are unaccustomed to it, may be confusing.  That confusion can lead to an appeal being dismissed rather than allowed. There are three types of appeal, Public Inquiry, Hearing or Written Representations....

Farming Hemp for carbon negative house building!

Is Hempcrete a viable alternative to concrete?  Check out this Youtube video for an insight into this opportunity from the harvest of the hemp plant through to the finished walls of a new home. Visit http://www.limetechnology.co.uk/hemcrete.htm for more...