Design

EB4: Heritage Assets

Where a development may impact on a heritage asset, applicants should provide information within a heritage statement, that describes the significance of any heritage assets affected by the proposed development, including any contribution made by their setting. The assessment of significance should be informed by relevant information including the East Boldon Community Character Statement, East Boldon Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan and the East Boldon Design Code.

Development within or affecting the setting of the East Boldon Conservation Area will be supported where it preserves or enhances the character or appearance of the conservation area and its setting. Development will be supported where it:
a. Preserves or enhances the special character and distinctiveness of the conservation area; and
b. Pays special attention to the quality of the historic architecture and village character of the area in its design, use of materials, detailing and finishes, boundary treatment nd use of hard and soft landscaping.

The following are key considerations when assessing the impact of development on the character or appearance of the conservation area and its setting:
c. The impact on significant views of and from the conservation area shown on Map 2 in Annex 3’;
d. Reflecting the locally distinctive architectural characteristics, vernacular building forms and materials
e. Respecting the prevailing density and grain of the area;
f. Preserving or enhancing the street scene, ensuring new development reduces in scale from its historic core;
g. Maintaining the spacious character of the area by protecting open space, including gardens and trees from unsympathetic development;
h. Respecting the linear nature of the development, historic building lines and plot sizes, particularly on Front Street and Station Road;
i. Traditional features, such as shop fronts, should be retained wherever possible; and
j. Boundary treatments, including garden walls and retaining walls should reflect locally distinctive forms and materials.

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EB3: Design

Development should conserve local distinctiveness by demonstrating high quality design which both respects existing character and responds to the distinctive character of the area, it should accord with the requirements of the East Boldon Design Code (annex 2).

Development will be supported where it:
a) Maintains and where possible enhances the character of the locality, paying particular attention to the appearance, size, scale and density of the proposed development;
b) Reflects the incremental and phased development of the village including its diverse range of architectural styles and avoids extensive and repetitive development proposals;
c) Where appropriate, uses materials which complement those of adjoining and surrounding buildings;
d) Conserves the significance of heritage assets and their setting;
e) Takes account of the topography and natural features of the site and considers the impact of the development as part of long distance views;
f) Respects established building lines and creates boundaries and roof lines that are in keeping with the street scene;
g) Demonstrates a commitment to sustainable design to minimise energy use;
h) Provides adequate refuse and recycling storage, which is incorporated into the scheme to minimise visual impact;
i) Adopts the principles of sustainable drainage, where appropriate;
j) Ensures the development will not prejudice the amenity of its future occupiers or that of adjacent properties in terms of overshadowing, loss of light, dominance, loss of privacy, noise or general disturbance;
k) Provide car parking and cycle storage in accordance with the parking standards set out in the East Boldon Design Code Annex on Parking and which is appropriately sited within the development;
l) Encourages cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel;
m) Ensures that lighting associated with the development will not have a significant effect on residential amenity or wildlife;
n) Incorporates measures to support species and habitats;
o) Will not result in unacceptable levels of noise, air or water pollution; and
p) Creates a safe, accessible and well-connected environment that meets the needs of its users.

 

Where a design and access statement is required as part of a planning application, this must demonstrate how the proposal has responded to the above principles and the design codes as an integral part of the design process.

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