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Planning Applications

PPG3: High Density Developments & Trust Policy

While the Trust's policy on the implementation of PPG3 is being reached, it should be noted that these points in the existing guidelines might conflict with PPG3 advice.

Street frontages to maintain existing piecemeal texture comprehensive redevelopment with 'house-styles' across many frontages is not in character.

Road frontages should be maintained: the shapes and enclosure of spaces between buildings are just as - if not even more - important than the buildings themselves.[This is particularly relevant for development (both large buildings and small infills) where large gardens are one of the main characteristic of a conservation areas, or in roads not in conservation areas where a main appeal is the space between the houses, eg Chilbolton Avenue, Bereweeke Road].

Garden areas should be retained: opposed to loss of gardens for building and car parking.

Old buildings: so many, especially the small and less distinguished, have been lost that a very strong case must be made if demolition is proposed.

Possible problems arising with new developments

The most suitable layout for the development might be against the grain existing in the neigh-bourhood, eg courtyard layout in a road like Sleepers Hill, tall block in an area of bungalows.

At present, increasing density also means more cars. While the City may be pushing for no, or a reduced number of car-parking spaces, in real life this causes considerable problems to both new and existing residents in the area.

Possible criteria for new developments

Permeable hard surfacing to avoid flash-flooding.

Vent pipes, balanced flues, burglar alarms and other paraphernalia of modern life should be designed into the building from the start.

SC November 2002







City of Winchester Trust
  • kingalf
  • cathedral
  • roundtable
  • westgate
  • guildhall
  • wolsey
  • stcross
  • library