Front of Elbourne House

Front of Elbourne House

Our Planning Team were instructed to prepare a Planning Application for the change of use of a cottage to form bed & breakfast accommodation and the erection of a residential annexe.


  • The site comprises a two storey detached house known as Elbourne House, a cottage occupied by relatives and a pool house.
  • Our client had previously tried to obtain planning permission for a new dwelling on the site for their daughter and her family. The planning authority had refused all previous applications on the basis of the site lying in the countryside, in the South Downs National Park where new houses are typically resisted.
  • Batcheller Monkhouse were instructed to provide a fresh opinion on the possibilities for providing accommodation for the client’s daughter, who could otherwise not afford to live in the area but wanted to remain close to her parents.
  • We identified the Council’s main issue to be the independency additional accommodation on the site would have from the main house. We subsequently worked with the architect to design a scheme for annexe accommodation with bedrooms and bathrooms, with kitchen and dining facilities shared with a new bed & breakfast holiday unit.
  • The site is very well located in relation to the South Downs Way, and with stables on site was particularly suited to providing equestrian holiday accommodation for people wanting to explore the national park on horseback.


Planning permission was granted in Summer 2017.