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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 13/09/2005
Proposed Extension to the Haslemere Conservation Area



Summary & Purpose
The report sets out the responses to the public consultation on the proposed extension to the Haslemere conservation area, and makes a recommendation about the boundary.

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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Pollution
Prevention and Control
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Inclusion
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and Active
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APPENDIX J
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

ENVIRONMENT AND LEISURE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE –
13TH SEPTEMBER 2005

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Title:
[Ward Affected : Haslemere South]
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Summary and purpose:

The report sets out the responses to the public consultation on the proposed extension to the Haslemere conservation area, and makes a recommendation about the boundary.

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

The Borough will benefit from the extension to the conservation area because it will ensure that the heritage of the area is protected, preserved and enhanced.

E-Government implications:

No implications

Resource and legal implications:

No implications

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Background

1. In June 2005, a report was submitted to the Executive, proposing an extension to the Haslemere Conservation Area, on the south side of the town. The proposal was initiated by the Haslemere Society. The Executive agreed that there should be a public consultation on the proposal and this has now been carried out.

The consultation

2. The following organisations and individuals were consulted:

The Haslemere Society
Haslemere Town Council
Haslemere Chamber of Commerce
Surrey County Council
All the 45 residents within the proposed new boundary
The Haslemere Museum
English Heritage
St Bartholomew’s C of E(Aided) Primary School
Thurleigh Homes Ltd
The Haslemere Hillside Action Group

3. An advertisement was placed in the Haslemere Herald inviting the public to give comments and there was also an article explaining the proposal and asking for views.

Response to the consultation

4. The responses from the organisations and the residents are set out in Annexe 1.

5. There was a somewhat mixed reaction to the proposal. There were 5 objections (one from Surrey County Council), and 25 responses in favour. One of the objections was from Thurleigh Homes who plan to develop the Tithe Barn site, in the middle of the proposed extension, for housing. There was one response asking for clarification and two residents suggesting a larger extension. (See Annexe 1) However, many of the residents did not respond, which would normally be taken as meaning that they did not oppose the proposal. The Haslemere Society, the Town Council, the Haslemere Hillside Action Group and the Museum were in support.

6. The objections from the 4 residents were based on concerns that there might be constraint on development, that a conservation area was unnecessary, that the area did not merit designation and that the proposal had come from the Haslemere Society. Surrey County Council has not given it support as it is considered that the area does not have sufficient character. (See Annexe 1)

7. The Haslemere Society and the Borough Council have each carried out a detailed assessment of the area, and this was submitted to the Executive in June 2005. It is evident that the majority of respondents agreed with these assessments and that the area had a special character that merited conservation and protection. It is regretted that Surrey County Council does not support the proposal, but it is considered that the local appreciation of the area by the designating authority, the Borough Council, is an important factor in the consideration of the proposal.

Conclusion

8. Although there is some opposition to the proposal, the overall response was supportive, including the Town Council. The area will benefit from the designation because its character will be protected. Accordingly, designation is recommended.

Recommendation

That, subject to the observations of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the extension to the Haslemere Conservation Area boundary, as shown on the plan at Annexe 2, be agreed and be submitted to the Council for designation

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Background Papers ( DP&D)

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

CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: G Molony Telephone: 01483 523296

E-mail: gmolony@waverley.gov.uk

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