Rad Farm

Dorking, Surrey.

A small residential development in Dorking.

A small residential development site falling within the Metropolitan Green Belt and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). In addition, locally designated as an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) and lying outside of an identified settlement boundary. The land lies on the north side of Rad Lane, off the B2126.

Our brief comprised developing this small site by replacing several outbuildings with residential use. The design involved creating a small residential development comprising two houses of a ‘cottage style’.

This small residential development site comprises a cluster of buildings with a nearby private ménage to the immediate eastern side of the buildings. In addition, on the western side, there is a complex of buildings associated with the adjoining farm in close proximity. It was part and parcel of this farmstead. Previously, under this evolution cattle shed associated with the adjoining farm forms part of the northern boundary of the site. Moreover, the remaining boundary section being formed by vegetative screening.

The design solution…

Our architectural concept comprises two detached 1.5 storeys three-bedroom cottage style properties. We set these back into the site representing a small residential development. The layout design of each cottage has an open-plan kitchen and dining room with exposing oak supporting posts. In addition, they boast a good size lounge and a separate cloaks room. On the first floor, set into the roof, is a master bedroom and en-suite and two further bedrooms and family bathroom.

Furthermore, our design and specification of materials for the cottages’ elevations enabled them to reflect the best architecture found in the locality. We formed the cottages’ construction by using traditional materials and detailing found in period cottages. Resulting, in allowing this small residential development to blend in seamlessly and kindly with the immediate and local surroundings.

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  • Planning Permission Granted.

Project Classifcation

  • Traditional-Planning.


  • Rad Lane, Abinger Hammer, Dorking. UK.

Land Designation

  • Site is located in the Green Belt outside of any identified settlement boundary. It is within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Peaslake Open Greensand Hills area (an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV)).


  • 2018-present