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Derwood Court

Design Statement

Self Build Plots in Wales : Derwood Court, Llanharan, Pontyclun

The Site

Currently the site is a vacant and disused former Coal Yard and is a classic Brownfield site as
described in National Policy. The site is located to the rear of Bridgend Road in Llanharan immediately adjacent to Llanharan Rugby Club.

Topographically the site is flat, well located and conveniently placed in relation to local shops, schools and the retail facilities offered in neighbouring Talbot Green. The site will benefit from a new highway access and a holistic landscaping scheme throughout the site including the frontage to the site where a former petrol filling station is located.

Planning Position

The site currently benefits from Outline Planning Consent for residential development (ref: 07/0716/16). The layout illustrated with this brochure, being the approved Planning Layout, associated with the Consent. Further Reserved Matters Applications are to be submitted by individual Plot Developers as and when they develop their designs.

The Proposed Development (Developers work)

The proposed development involves the preparation of seven individual self-build plots and the
associated road infrastructure serving the development and extending to a new highway access to the adjacent Llanharan Rugby Club.

The development has been designed with due consideration to the existing surrounding housing, maximising their amenity whilst maintaining the greatest plot depths possible within the new site. Each plot will be provided with Water, Gas, Electricity, and a private shared pumped foul water connection.

Whilst the site provides individuals an opportunity to express themselves, (within the limitations of their plots, and their individual designs), the Developer and the Local Planning Department, will have agreed a select list of bricks and roof tiles, to ensure that the final development, has an overall theme.

The housing layout provided within this brochure, provides for illustrative building footprints, which are not relevant to any particular house design. Their approximate position on site, is however, of importance, both from a highway visibility viewpoint, and to maintain overlooking distances, to opposite properties. Plot developers and their architects are therefore required to work within these approximate parameters.


As indicated above, a range of building materials will have been chosen for the development, which will allow the new development to compliment much of the local vernacular. These materials will include a range of bricks, finishes and roof tiles, which will have been specifically chosen, because they are sympathetic to the surrounding local stone and brick buildings.

Upon purchase of a plot in Derwood Court, individual developers will be issued with a "Development Brief", which will contain information such as a topographic survey of the site, engineers drawings and specifications, boundary treatments, architects site layout plans etc.


'Derwood Court', provides a rare opportunity for individuals to express themselves within the design and construction of their own home. Plot purchasers can do this, with the comfort of a Developer having provided both an Adoptable Highway to their plot, and Statutory Services, (Water, Gas and Electricity) directly onto each site. Foul Water Drainage will also be provided via a shared pumped foul water system. Fences and hedges will be the responsibility of the individual plot developers.

RR Architects Ltd

RR Architects was established in August 1994 and has since enjoyed a pattern of growth such that in 2002 RR Architects became a Limited Company and has firmly established its self as a regional Practice operating out of its Talbot Green offices.

The Practice has long been a commercially based Practice providing service to both Public and Private sector with clients across a variety of building types and market sectors.

Derwood Homes and Developments Ltd. retain RR Architects services. However, RR Architects are available to act for individual plot developers, offering a bespoke design service whereby obtaining the necessary Planning Approvals, Building Regulations Consent and Certification of the finished building (building certification being a requirement of the Council of Mortgage lenders).

The next step

Appointments to view the site and to discuss you individual requirements can be made with Peter Alan in Talbot Green who are Derwood Homes and Developments Ltd, company selling agents.