Baulking Uffington Neighbourhood Plan
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Landscape

The objectives of this group are to:

  • define the scope and meaning of Landscape in the context of the Neighbourhood Plan
  • gather information about the areas included in the defined and agreed scope
  • provide information to the Steering Group on how landscape factors will influence and are influenced by the impact of the planning process
  • ensure that all landscape factors that contribute to the Vision are properly considered

June 2017 - DRAFT Policies for comment

The DRAFT Landscape 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 communications@ubw.net.

Policy LH 1 - Setting of the Plan Area

 

Policy:

 

An ‘AONB Impact Line’ will mark the northern extent of the open countryside between the AONB and the village of Uffington.  The purpose of this will be to:

 

·         Protect the setting of the AONB and of Uffington village

·         Prevent inappropriate development in the protected area

 

 

What is the point of this policy?

 

This is a continuation of the precedent established by the refusal of consent in 2015 for the development of 42 houses on land to the south of Fawler Road - the ‘Gladman’ application. We believe that it follows from the Vision for the Plan area: ‘Our vision is that in 2031 the community, comprising the villages of Uffington and Baulking, will still sit in a peaceful rural setting, dominated by two of the most famous landmarks in the country: the White Horse Hill and the Ridgeway’, and also from Objective 5: To preserve the high quality and accessible countryside setting of Uffington and Baulking within the open landscape of the Vale and White Horse Hill and to protect the valued green spaces within and around our villages.’

 

 

Are there any alternatives or options to this policy? We would welcome comment on the principle of an ‘AONB Impact Line’ and where it should be drawn. .

 

[Diagrams: Map of Uffington showing the south side, leading to White Horse Hill and the AONB]

Policy LH 2 – Identification of Local Green Spaces

 

Policy:

 

The NDP will encourage the identification for special protection of local green spaces, where the green area is demonstrably special to the community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance (e.g. ridge and furrow), recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife; and where the green area concerned is local in character and is not an extensive tract of land.

 

 

What is the point of this policy?

 

The National Planning Policy Framework (clauses 76, 77) encourages the identification for special protection of local green spaces, where the green area is demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife; and where the green area concerned is local in character and is not an extensive tract of land. Green spaces’ are important to the health and happiness of local communities.

 

 

Are there any alternatives or options to this policy?

 

1.    Other than removing it completely, we do not believe there are, but we would welcome comment on this.

 

2.    We would welcome residents’ proposals for Local Green Spaces to be included in the Plan. Don’t forget that examples of ridge and furrow could qualify, and that no site can be included without landowner approval. (This policy will not extend to any ridge and furrow in the AONB, which has its own protections).  

 

[Diagrams: Local Green Space criteria, Decision tree]

 

 

Policy LH 3 – Valued Views

Policy:

 

A number of views of major features in the Plan Area, both IN (looking IN from outside) and OUT (looking OUT from the village) are so important that they should be protected from inappropriate development and consequent damage to the setting of the Plan Area.

 

What is the point of this policy?

 

The ‘valued views’ relating to both villages in the Plan Area, as shown on the maps below, will be recognised so that they can be preserved and maintained in the future, to protect the Plan Area from inappropriate development and damage to the setting of the AONB. 

 

The beauty of the landscape (E.g., White Horse Hill, and the churches and conservation areas of both villages), is of no value unless the residents of the plan area and members of the public – ‘receptors’ – can see and appreciate important views. These views - both IN and OUT of the area – are an essential element of the Plan Area, including the AONB, our villages and their conservation areas.  We are proposing therefore that a number of views of the Plan Area should be preserved. This means that development will not take place on any sites where our ‘valued views’ would be removed, damaged or disrupted.

 

 

Are there any alternatives or options to this policy?

 

1.    Other than removing it completely, we do not believe there are.

 

2.    We would welcome comment on this and on the examples of Valued Views displayed here. Are these the right ones? Are there too many? Or too few?

 

 

[Diagrams: Latest version of ‘valued views’ for Uffington and Baulking]

 

Uffington area - south to AONB and beyond
U_PBS_AONB_A3P.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1'022.5 KB]
Green Space Criteria
Green_Space_Criteria.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [192.4 KB]
Green Space Decision Tree
Green space decision tree.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [221.0 KB]
Valued Views - Uffington
U_Views_A3L.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [795.9 KB]
Valued Views - Uffington V2
Amended version following 21 June consultation event
U_Valued Views2_A4L.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [664.3 KB]
Valued Views - Baulking
B_Views_A3L.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [881.8 KB]

June 2017 - Landscape Study

Following the HNA which identified an Housing Need of only 19 homes, the NPSG decided at its May meeting that no specific sites would be allocated in the Neighbourhood Plan. A Landscape Study has been initiated to identify the impact of building in different areas, rather than on specific sites, of the Plan area.  The study has started and should be complete by mid-September.

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