Baulking Uffington Neighbourhood Plan
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Design and Heritage

June 2017 - DRAFT Policies for comment

The DRAFT Design policies discussed at the recent Community Event are listed below. If you wish to comment or suggest changes to any of these policies, please let us know by 15 July 2017 using the comments form here or by email to .



Policy D1 – Use of the Design Guide




Uffington Parish Council and Baulking Parish Meeting will examine all planning proposals with comprehensive reference to the Vale Design Guide 2015 and the local design policies D2 and D3 below.    Reference to the Guide and local design policies for permitted development will be strongly encouraged.


What is the point of this policy?


A significant proportion of the new building within Uffington over the past 90 years “has been undistinguished architecturally with little reference to local character”[1].  This is also true, but to a lesser degree, of new building in Baulking.


Developers, in promoting their sites in the present day, have tended to make reference to the diversity in existing design styles and quality in Uffington to argue, in effect, that their standardised design will blend readily into our village.  This model leads inevitably to a dilution of the design coherence across the village.


Such trends should be resisted in future and this Neighbourhood Plan provides an opportunity to set new standards for the benefit of our present communities and future generations. This objective is supported also in the Community Led Plan 2015 action 5.2.


Are there any alternatives or options regarding this policy?


     Given the national aspirations recorded in the recent White Paper and Core Policy 37 (Design and Local Distinctiveness) contained within the Vale Local Plan Part 1, we are obliged to tackle design issues in our area consistent with these standards.



Policy D2 – Local building design




D2A - New buildings or extensions will not dominate neighbouring buildings, close important gaps or impede local views.     At the edge of the settlements, the sporadic nature of development will be respected and the form and massing of any new building scaled accordingly.


D2B - Strong justification will be needed for over-large buildings within their plot and the historic low density of large dominant houses in the villages will be preserved.     


D2C - This section provides a more detailed summary of design features of individual dwellings to be addressed within this policy by developers/landowners. Normally in a conventional design the following will be expected:

·                    A simple floor plan and pitched roof (following DG52 and DG57)

·                    Ridge heights will not exceed that of buildings in the immediate vicinity; in conservation areas, or in sites adjacent to them, this reference is to near-by buildings constructed before 1920.   (Note, in addition, the reference to the maximum number of storeys in          policy LHx)

·                    Facades, windows etc will follow DG58 to 61

·                    Materials and colour palette will follow DG section E zone4 and CLP section 5 Housing and Design

·                    Sustainable design and construction features will be incorporated (see Vale Plan CP40)

·                    At the edge of settlements and for isolated development - such as redundant farm buildings – landscape is the dominant feature. DG77-81 are relevant here and will be followed

·                    This section 3 will be applied flexibly where innovative contemporary designs are proposed.


What is the point of this policy?


1.            The location, scale and/or height of some recent new building in Uffington has impeded valued views, whether of St Mary’s Church or other important features of our parish.

2.            Recent development has led to an increasing proportion of larger houses in Uffington.     Opportunities have not being taken to vary the placement of houses on their site to reflect the tradition in the village.

3.            Although there are occasional landmark buildings, traditional houses within the villages are small/medium in size (1.5 – 2 storeys) of a simple design, with good proportions to the elevations and typically 5.5 to 8m in height to the ridge. As with the majority of traditional buildings in the Vale they adopt a consistent form, with rectangular floor plans and pitched roofs (ref Vale Design Guide 5.1.5).  New development in the NDP area should adopt this simple form.  

4.            However innovative contemporary designs that respect local context will be positively welcomed. What we wish to avoid in our parishes are:

·                    standardised designs typical of the urban environment with no concessions to our locality, or

·                    a crude pastiche of older styles and/or the use of materials and colour palette which are only a coarse imitation of those found in the historic parts of the villages


Are there any alternatives or options regarding this policy?

There may be an alternative emphasis or additions at the detailed level as expressed in section 3 of the policy.   We would welcome views.



Policy D3 – Public space




D3A - Boundaries of new developments will reflect the traditional, rural context of the villages and be defined by walls, post-and-rail fencing or hedges consisting of native species. These boundary features will be of a height which preserves the open views within the villages. (Note that close board fencing is not consistent with this policy and note also that Policy SIx also addresses boundary construction from a biodiversity perspective).


D3B - Over engineered highway proposals will be avoided with the principles of DG31 followed, with the over-riding objective being maintenance of a simple rural character with proportionate safety measures. (See also Policy Siy).


D3C - Utility supply to new developments will reflect the requirements of DG41 to avoid conflict between utility provision, trees and other landscape features and the design of the public realm generally. Opportunities for sinking existing supplies below ground will be encouraged in the Conservation Areas in order better to reveal the character of the street.  All services to new developments will be below ground.


D3D - The “dark sky” environment characteristic of our villages will be continued in order to reduce light pollution, maintain the amenity of neighbours and the character of the area.  Developments may have sufficient lighting for safety – such as waymarking – without being intrusive to neighbours and the wider village (see DG40).  Security floodlighting will be discouraged as will illuminated advertising. Alternative, modern “architectural lighting” of landmarks such as the Church and the Fox and Hounds pub will be encouraged.


What is the point of this policy?


Streets and other public spaces that are attractive encourage social interaction, act as meeting points, add value to surrounding properties and add to the character of the neighbourhood.  We take guidance in drafting this policy from Vale policy CP37 (particularly sections ii – v)


Are there any alternatives or options regarding this policy?


There may be other aspects of the public space which could be covered, or different emphases at the detailed level, and we welcome views.




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