Bluepencil Designs

We are a chartered architectural practice specialising in residential design and masterplanning for developers, land agents, local authorities, private landowners and individual homeowners.


Led by Founder and Director Mette McLarney, previously Group Chief Architect for Countryside Properties, responsible for masterplanning many award winning developments including Great Kneighton in Cambridge, Beaulieu Park in Chelmsford, Didsbury Point in Manchester,  Wychwood Park in Cheshire and Kingsmere in Bicester.


We are a professional team offering a personalised and dedicated service resulting in high client retention rates and repeat business.


We maintain an outstanding record of Planning Application success.


We are specialists in residential masterplanning, working through all early stages of the design process, up to submission of planning applications.


  • From small scale residential developments of 20 homes through to large, mixed use settlements of more than 5,000 homes with associated infrastructure, schools, local centres and commercial property


  • Sensitive and successful design  across the south and east of England. Our work includes pre-application design and development briefs, feasibility studies, vision statements, design and access statements, design codes, housing layouts and strategic masterplans. We also design and produce public consultation material associated with planning applications and design logos and artwork for sales and marketing of new developments


  • Our data-linked masterplans and layouts are designed at outline planning stage to be policy compliant and technically accurate, meeting building regulations and space standards whilst automatically generating schedules of data as required – at no extra cost

We specialise in residential design from high value one off commissions to large scale strategic developments, focussing on challenging sites which require a creative, sensitive and thorough approach.


  • Working with case officers in 32 local authorities across 20 counties to secure desired results for clients


  • An outstanding track record of planning success in conservation areas and planning sensitive locations

Our professional services span all aspects of architecture, urban design and masterplanning, and includes:


  • Outline and Detailed Planning Applications


  • Design Codes, Design & Access Statements and Vision Statements


  • Strategic Frameworks and Masterplans


  • Expert Witness


  • Public consultation events, Industry presentations and teaching appointments 


  • Corporate branding and Logo Design


  • 3D Animation
  • All
  • Commercial
  • Masterplanning
  • Residential
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