This site was our very first; and whilst the owners had been refused consent for a single dwelling back in the seventies, we managed to secure consent for two semi-detached three-bed chalet bungalows, after detailed negotiation with the planners about the appropriate form and scale of the development.
The site had been the garden of an elderly lady called Ivy May Miller – hence the scheme’s name. She’d lived in the adjoining house on Stourvale Road since she was six months old, her parents having rented it from a local estate when it was first built, before subsequently acquiring the home.
She continued to live there with her husband for their entire married life together, keeping an old Morris Minor in the garage and happy memories of by gone days in her photo album.
Sadly, Ivy passed away shortly after we completed the project and never had the opportunity to see what had been made of her land, having been in nursing homes and hospital for much of that last year of her life.
We like to think during that time we brought some happiness to her with our visits to discuss the project and by renovating her retained garden to make it more accessible for her.
In fact, Andy was the last person to visit her in hospital before she passed away.
For us, even the simplest developments are opportunities to build real relationships with our partners and to impact those we meet in a positive manner.