Recent years have seen a considerable increase in the number of planning applications for both major extensions and, particularly, for the demolition and redevelopment of existing properties.
All planning applications for the extension and redevelopment of properties on the Estate will be evaluated by the Board in accordance with the Estate guildelines that set out the following General Principles:
- The proposed layout (including building lines), scale, height and massing should be designed to reflect existing character and form.
- The degree of separation and space between dwellings should be respected in order to retain the existing character of the area.
- Seek contextual cues from surrounding buildings. This does not imply a slavish adherence to the existing style but requires sensitive design.
- Avoid the repetition of identical built styles.
- Promote the use of low key open or planted boundaries (depending on character of area) and avoid the use of high security treatments such as high walls, gates and railings.
- The retention of existing vegetation within the layout should be maximised.
- Ensure boundary treatment has regard to the existing character.
- Parking, garaging and hard surfacing should not dominate the frontage.
- Respect the building line if one exists.
The Directors will oppose any proposals for redevelopment, including extensions, unless they:
- Respect the individual features of the site including levels and topography;
- Are in keeping with the scale, proportion, levels, and layout of buildings, roads, parking provision and open spaces in the area;
- Take account of the relationship between the size of the proposed and existing buildings, the plot size and the prevailing density of the area;
- Are limited to a size that does not dominate the plot, in terms of the distance between existing and proposed dwellings, makes allowance for sufficient distances from all site boundaries to retain the degree of spaciousness and is not out of scale with other dwellings predominant in the surrounding area;
- Take account of the need for adequate space between the proposed new building and those buildings remaining, commensurate with the size of building under consideration;
- Are in keeping with the visual characteristics of any identifiable style, form or detail in the surrounding area;
- Ensure that the height and massing of its various elements are not unduly prominent in relation to the surrounding area;
- Avoid a cramped form of development;
- Avoid overlooking and an unreasonable loss of privacy or amenity;
- Ensure that the use of materials and landscaping are appropriate to the surrounding area;
- Ensure that the siting of any new development, including garages, takes account of the existing building line, where distinct, and does not dominate the road frontage
- Retain where appropriate existing landscape features particularly on all site boundaries, which make a significant contribution to the character of the locality.