Local Plan to 2030 - Main Modifications September 2018

Main Modifications to Ashford Local Plan

Policy ENV14 – Conservation Areas (MM93)

Amend supporting text as follows:

5.403 The variety of building styles dating from different periods frequently adds character and interest to Conservation Areas. Innovative design can be appropriate, provided that it is of the highest quality and is sensitive to the context of the site and its setting within the Conservation Area. Therefore, development proposals coming forward within Conservation Areas should have regard to the layout and grain of buildings, streets and spaces and should reflect and wherever possible, enhance local distinctiveness through the retention of building lines, and attention to boundary treatments, open spaces and footpaths.

Amend the policy to read as follows:-

Policy ENV14 - Conservation Areas

Development or redevelopment within Conservation Areas will be permitted provided such proposals preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the area and its setting.

Proposals should fulfil each of the following:

a) the scale and detailed design of all new development and alterations should respect the historical and architectural character, proportion and massing, including roofscapes, of the area, the relationship between buildings, the spaces between them and with their setting;

b) the materials proposed should be appropriate to the locality and in sympathy with complement the those of existing buildings;

c) buildings and streets of townscape character, trees, open spaces, walls, fences or any other features should be retained where they contribute positively to the character and appearance of the area;

d) the development should not generate levels of traffic, parking or other environmental problems which would damage result in substantial harm to the character, or appearance or significance of the area; and

e) the use should be appropriate to and compatible with the character, appearance and historic function of the area.

f) the development would not prejudice important views into or out of the conservation area.

Proposals for inappropriate demolition, alteration or extension of buildings in Conservation Areas or which could prejudice important views into or out of a Conservation Area, will be resisted where such proposals would be detrimental to their character or setting