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Meeting of the Executive held on 06/02/2007
APPENDIX O - BLACKHEATH, SHAMLEY GREEN AND WONERSH VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT



Summary & Purpose
The Executive considered the Blackheath, Shamley Green and Wonersh Village Design Statement (VDS) as a proposed Supplementary Planning Document at the meeting on 9th January. Some suggestions for amendments were made, and this report sets out the amendments that have been agreed with the Village Design Statement Committee.

APPENDIX O
Waverley Borough Council

EXECUTIVE - 6TH FEBRUARY 2007

Title:
BLACKHEATH, SHAMLEY GREEN AND WONERSH VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT
[Wards Affected: Blackheath, Shamley Green and Wonersh]

Summary and purpose:

The Executive considered the Blackheath, Shamley Green and Wonersh Village Design Statement (VDS) as a proposed Supplementary Planning Document at the meeting on 9th January. Some suggestions for amendments were made, and this report sets out the amendments that have been agreed with the Village Design Statement Committee.

Environmental implications:

The VDS includes an assessment of aspects such as open spaces and woodland and guidelines on the commons, open land outside the commons woodland trees and hedgerows. The implications for the environment of the VDS are that it would help to safeguard the open spaces and woodland.

Social / community implications:

The VDS includes a section on building design which affects the heritage of the villages. The implications of the VDS for the community are that it will be desirable for new development to fit in with the existing character of the surroundings.

E-Government implications:

There are no e-government implications although the document has been published on the Council’s website.

Resource and legal implications:

There are no implications for resources because the project will be carried out within existing staffing and financial resources.

Background

1. The civil parish of Wonersh comprises the three villages of Blackheath, Shamley Green and Wonersh. The VDS was devised by the Village Design Statement Committee, which was made up of residents from the three villages. Surveys were carried out and the document was written by the Committee. Whilst the document covers the parish comprehensively, it recognises that the three villages have distinctive characters of their own. A copy of the document was attached to the agenda of the Executive meeting on 9th January 2007 (and members are asked to refer again to that document). At that meeting a number of matters were raised by members. These matters have been discussed with the Village Design Statement Committee and a number of amendments were agreed, that it was hoped would meet the points made by the Executive. This report puts forward those amendments.

Proposed Amendments to the Village Design Statement

2. The suggested amendments were that

reference should be made to climate change, sustainable construction and renewable energy; there should be an amendment to the section on telecommunications; there should be an amendment identifying the individual character of the villages.

Amendments to the Document

Addition to the Introduction – Climate Change (at the end of the section)

3. “It could be said that climate change is one of the biggest issues facing the world today. From national plans down to a village design statement, all forms of planning need to take climate change into account. Traffic issues are considered under the section on village setting and structure and renewable energy and sustainable construction are included in the Building Design section. All these matters have a bearing on climate change.

Addition to Village Setting And Structure – Roads And Junctions

4. Under Roads and Junctions add at the end, the following sentence “This measure will contribute in a local way towards the control of emissions and thereby to controlling climate change.”

Addition To Building Design – Sustainable Construction

5. Insert after Building Materials: “Sustainable construction can be defined as the use of design and construction methods and materials that are resource efficient and that will not compromise the health of the environment or the associated health of the building occupants, builders, the general public or future generations. An example would be not using hardwoods from the South American rainforest. Other considerations are the impact of development on the local environment, such as sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) which is an approach to surface water drainage management.”

Guidelines On Building Design (under New Development )

6. Insert under “New Development“ - “Sustainable construction will be sought for all new development.”


Addition To Building Design – Unsightly Features

7. Insert after the first sentence “Suitable arrangements will need to be made to mitigate the environmental impact and protect the amenities of residents.”


Addition To Building Design – Renewable Energy

8. Insert as a new heading after “Unsightly Features” - “Renewable energy is that which is obtained from sources that are inexhaustible, unlike fossil fuels of which there is a finite supply. Renewables include sources such as wind, wood, sun and geothermal. All types of development should incorporate energy efficiency best practice measures, including Building Regulations, in their design layout and orientation.”

Guidelines On Building Design

9. Add in “Small-scale proposals for renewable energy generation will be supported.”

Distinctive Character Of Villages

10. In the section on Development, change the heading “The Parish as it is Today” to “The Villages as they are Today” and add after the last paragraph:
Amendments to the Sustainability Appraisal

11. Under the first Section on Village Setting and Structure, the environmental objective on climate change, Nature of Effect Plan Policy should read Green Lanes initiative, and the Short Term, Medium Term and Long Term should minor positive. The justification is on Page 5/6 Roads and Junctions.

Conclusion

12. These amendments bring the document up to date on the latest environmental issues. It would now be acceptable as a Supplementary Planning Document.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Blackheath, Shamley Green and Wonersh Village Design Statement, as now amended, be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document.

Background Papers (DPD)

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

CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Geraldine Molony Telephone: 01483 523296

E-mail: gmolony@waverley.gov.uk

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