As some of you might already be aware, and just to keep you in the loop- Rudi Patrick and I presented the Skylarks planning submission yesterday at Skylark’s Resident’s Evening. The purpose of this event was to get everyone on board with the proposals and feel included as part of the process going forward so we can generate momentum and support regarding the application.


The evening was amazing and it was a really special experience for Rudi and I to be a part of. All comments we received were positive. Any concerns were mainly centred around the phasing of the construction work and how this would be managed to avoid as much disruption as possible, and how public/private interface would be managed effectively. In response to these queries we will be having another evening (hopefully after planning is granted) where we will in detail be going through the phasing of the works and how we will be minimising disruption to existing residents.

Speaking to a number of people after the presentation, and during the Q&A session, it seems that the most positive comments were centred around the following:

Assisted Living Pods- people LOVED the concept of the pods, how they sat in the landscape and what respite they could bring to families. Many wished they had been around when they were choosing living options for their loved ones.

Landscape- Relatives loved the idea of being able to safely take their loved ones around the gardens and paths on nice walks. Also people commented on how the private garden spaces were great because they opened up to more social spaces and lawns.

Dayrooms which all had access to outdoor space- This seemed to be a design feature which everyone was supportive of.


Below you can download the video which we projected as part of the presentation and a PDF of the boards we presented:

Video Link

Presentation Boards


We also handed out leaflets which encouraged people to write in and support the application online which many people seemed inclined to do. Fingers crossed for some positive comments and a positive outcome!

Becky Smith BArch(Hons) MArch


Leonard Design Architects