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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 11/09/2007
DRAFT CHIDDINGFOLD CONSERVATION AREA APPRAISAL



Summary & Purpose
The purpose of the report is to set out the content of the draft Appraisal (see Annexe A) and to explain how it has been produced. The proposals for extending the boundary of the conservation area and for enhancing the conservation area are put forward for consideration.

APPENDIX G
Waverley Borough Council

Environment AND LEISURE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
11TH sEPTEMBER 2007
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DRAFT CHIDDINGFOLD CONSERVATION AREA APPRAISAL

[Wards Affected: Chiddingfold]
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Summary and purpose:

The purpose of the report is to set out the content of the draft Appraisal (see Annexe A) and to explain how it has been produced. The proposals for extending the boundary of the conservation area and for enhancing the conservation area are put forward for consideration.
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Environmental implications:

The principal purpose of this appraisal has been to aid the protection and conservation of this historic settlement.

Social / community implications:

The appraisal has been supported by the local community. There has been extensive public
Consultation.

E-Government implications:

There are no direct implications for E-Government

Resource and legal implications:

The appraisal has been carried out in partnership with the local community, the Parish Council, and the County Council. The Borough Council will be contributing funding towards the consequent enhancement work, as will the Parish Council and the County Council. _________________________________________________________________________

Background

1 In 2002, the Borough Council agreed a programme of conservation area appraisals for the Borough. The timetable for the work was prioritised using a scoring system, so that the conservation areas with the most problems, such as traffic or pressure for development would be done first. Consequently, the first three to be carried out have been Wrecclesham, Bramley and Farnham. The next one on the list was Chiddingfold, and work began in July 2006.


Methodology

2. In February 2006, English Heritage produced two documents providing guidance to organisations doing appraisals: “Guidance on Conservation Area Appraisals” and “Guidance on the Management of Conservation Area”. These documents have been used to produce the conservation area appraisal for Chiddingfold.

The approach

3. The approach adopted has been the same for Chiddingfold as for the other appraisals. It is very important that the community should take an active part in carrying out surveys and writing chapters of the document and not just be consulted on the document, after it has been written by the Borough Council. A team of local people in Chiddingfold, referred to as the Chiddingfold Conservation Area Appraisal Group, worked together with the Borough Council and produced the appraisal, in close partnership. The chapters on historical development, the character studies, and the transport chapter have been written by members of the Group. The Group did surveys, research and consultations with other people in the village, and helped man the exhibition. It is likely that this involvement will produce a degree of ownership, which is very important if the appraisal is to be applied to future proposals in the village.

Consultations

4. Consultation on the document has taken place in the following ways:

a public exhibition was held in the Banking House, the Green Chiddingfold from 2nd June to 16th July 2007. Approximately 110 people attended; at the exhibition the public were invited to give their views on a comment sheet; posters were erected around the village advertising the exhibition; a letter was sent to all the residents in the proposed additions to the conservation area advising them of the proposals; a copy of the document was put on the website; a copy of the document was placed in the Haslemere Library and the Haslemere Locality Office, the Godalming Library and the Godalming Council Offices. articles appeared in the Haslemere Herald and the Surrey Advertiser. the appraisal was discussed at the Annual Parish Meeting of the Parish Council on 12th April 2007; a copy of the document was sent to English Heritage, Surrey County Highways, the County Historic Buildings Officer, and the Chiddingfold Parish Council.





Responses to the document

5. A schedule of responses has been compiled and is included in Annexe B. The small number of comments is to be expected because the document is not controversial. Alterations to reflect the editing points and amendments to dating of buildings have been made. The main issues that have arisen are:


MAIN ISSUESOFFICER RESPONSE
The Crown car park is used as a cut through and right turn is a blind cornerSCC comments to follow
Lengthening the grass verge outside the Crown will mean some car parking spaces lost – need to work with Highways.SCC comments to follow
Traffic layout changes to the Green may cause accidents, suggest temporary trial layouts.SCC comments to follow
Traffic layout at the north end of the Green may deter people from shopping at the Londis store.SCC comments to follow
The traffic scheme for the south end of the Green would not have a sight line to the northSCC comments to follow
The proposed pedestrian island near the Forge wont be usedSCC comments to follow
Extension of the boundary to include Nuthurst, Pickhurst Road not appropriateAgreed
Widen the verge to allow more parking in front of the shops.Would be detrimental to the character of the green
Include Brittens Yard, Northbridge in the proposed extension to the conservation area boundaryDoes not make a contribution to the character of the conservation area
The fields included in proposed extension area 4 (see Annexe B) should not be included, and areas 4, 6and 7 should not be in the conservation area as they are covered by the AONBAgreed

6. The traffic aspects are being dealt with by the Highway Authority and their response is included above. The other main aspect is the question of the proposed new boundary for the conservation area.

7. The report to the Executive in May 2007 proposed that the preferred boundary of the Chiddingfold Conservation Area Appraisal Group be included in the document which was to go out for public consultation, even though the following reservations were expressed in the committee report as follows:

No on planExtension proposed by the GroupOfficer assessment
1 Ethel Cottage, NorthbridgePartly supported
2Granthams Chiddingfold Supported
3 North of Cricket GroundSupported
4 Sadlers, east of the Cricket GroundSupported
5Crabhams, Pockford LaneNot supported
6Oaklands Park, Pickhurst RoadNot supported
7 Nuthurst, Pickhurst RoadNot supported
Recommendation

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Background Papers (DPD)

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: Geraldine Molony Telephone: 01483 523296
E-mail:gmolony@waverley.gov.uk