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Meeting of the Executive held on 07/12/2004
Bramley Conservation Area Appraisal



Summary & Purpose
This report presents the Draft Bramley Conservation Area Appraisal for consideration, prior to publication for public consultation – enclosed as a separate document.

Quality of Life Implications
Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe Communities
Local Economy
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Resource Use
Pollution
Prevention and Control
Biodiversity
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Inclusion
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and Active
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APPENDIX T
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE – 7TH DECEMBER 2004

Title:

BRAMLEY CONSERVATION AREA APPRAISAL

[Ward Affected: Bramley, Busbridge and Hascombe]
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Summary and purpose:

This report presents the Draft Bramley Conservation Area Appraisal for consideration, prior to publication for public consultation – enclosed as a separate document.

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Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

This document will draw attention to the special quality of the Bramley Conservation Area and benefit the village by providing an evidence base for future enhancement.

E-Government implications:

No implications.

Resource and legal implications:

There are no legal implications but the schemes and projects could have implications for the budget review. The publication costs will be met from within the existing budget.

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Background

1. The Executive agreed a programme of conservation area appraisals in October 2001. The top priority was Wrecclesham and this appraisal was completed in August 2002. Farnham was the next priority and the consultation period finished on 22nd November 2004. Work on the Bramley Appraisal has been carried out during this year.

The purpose of the conservation area appraisal

2. The aim of the study is to :

3. A Conservation Area Appraisal will assist the Council and other organisations manage the important historical assets of Bramley by:

(i) raising general awareness of what is important and special about Bramley;

(ii) raising awareness of threats to those special characteristics;

The approach to producing the document

4. The method used for the appraisal is based on the English Heritage technique set out in “Conservation Area Appraisals” by English Heritage (1997). In view of the strong emphasis placed by Government on early consultation with stakeholders on all Local Development Documents (the Bramley Conservation Area appraisal will be a Supplementary Planning Document), it was evident that the best way to produce the document was to involve the main stakeholders right from the beginning of the task. Therefore, a Working Group was set up with stakeholders in the community, called the Bramley Conservation Area Group. This included representatives from the Parish Council including the Clerk, the Bramley History Society and the Bramley Village Society.

5. The History Society has written the relevant section for this document. This has proved a very successful project, giving the organisations the opportunity to share their particular expertise.

6. From the consultation aspect, the collaborative approach means that when consultation is carried out with the wider public, the organisations should already be on board, and have ownership of the document.

The appraisal

7. The appraisal (which is enclosed with the agenda as a separate document) looks at the whole spectrum of heritage considerations in relation to the conservation area. It also includes sections on Movement and Archaeology, both produced by the County Council.

8. The appraisal has identified the value of several areas that at present are not covered by the conservation area. These include small areas to the north and west, and a more substantial area to the south, including the Infants’ school and the cemetery. It is proposed to change the boundary to include these areas.

9. A further additional area has been put forward which covers the area around St. Catherine’s School and part of the old Station area, but as yet, no specific boundary has been drawn. The draft asks the public whether this area should be included.

10. There have been a number of residential developments in the eastern area of the conservation area. This means that there is now little of historic architectural merit along this side, and perhaps their retention can no longer be justified. A revised boundary has been proposed to exclude them.

The next step

11. The next step is to consult the public and any other organisations with an interest in heritage on the document. The document will be put on the web for the public, and the organisations will be contacted by letter and advised where they can see the document. The document will also be advertised in the press. It is intended to consult all the occupants in the existing conservation area by letter and those within the proposed extensions of the boundary.

Conclusion

12. The collaboration of the Borough Council, the Bramley organisations, Parish Council and the County Council has resulted in an authoritative document, which will empower the partners to work together on future enhancement in the village.

Recommendation

It is recommended that:

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Background Papers (DoP&D)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: J. A. Falconer Telephone: 01483 523294

E-mail: jfalconer@waverley.gov.uk

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