This ordinary modern house at 25 Wellesley Park is to be demolished by the owners to build a more eco-friendly and better-designed modern home.
It’s a sign of how sought-after the most up-market streets in Wellington are becoming that it is economically feasible to pay £250,000 for a house (the sale price in 2009) and then knock it down to build something bigger on the plot.
In February last year the next-door four-bedroom house at 27 Wellesley Park sold for £385,000. Zoopla currently values no 25 at £297,000.
According to the planning application three reasons led to the decision to demolish the existing house and build a replacement dwelling.
- Retro-fitting the fabric of the existing house to achieve the degree of eco-friendliness sought by the clients would have been extremely difficult, if not practically impossible.
- Retaining the existing house and altering/extending it would have inevitably resulted in a distribution of the accommodation between ground and first floor which would not have suited the clients’ requirements – more first-floor accommodation than the clients needed and less ground floor accommodation than they wanted.
- The architectural design of the existing house is hardly noteworthy and falls below the standard set by most of the neighbouring houses. This site in Wellesley Park is one of the more prestigious roads in Wellington, and deserves better.
The emphasis will be on eco-friendly systems:
rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling, heating powered by a heat pump, photovoltaic arrays and solar panels on the south-facing roof slope of the west wing.