Guildford Borough Council (GBC) has produced a Draft Effingham Conservation Area Appraisal Document (SPD), which can be viewed here
The purpose of a conservation area appraisal is to record those aspects of the conservation area which make a particular contribution to its special character, appearance and which should be preserved and enhanced. The special character of a conservation area does not just come from the quality of its buildings but also other elements such as historic road layouts, open spaces, paths and boundaries, as well as the use of local materials and detailing. All of these contribute to an areas special and unique character. The documents also set out a proposal to make slight amendments to the current boundary’s in order to reflect the current form of the village.
The aim of the draft documents is to:
- Improve the understanding of the history and the historical context of the areas;
- Generate awareness;
- Provide residence and owners with a clear idea of key features that should sustained and preserved;
- Provide residence and owners with a clear idea of what enhancements could made to help enhance the area;
- Provide a useful tool with which to guide future development, planning policies and practice for the area;
- Form material consideration in the determination of planning applications, including at planning committees and appeal proceedings.
Anyone who wishes to comment on the Draft Effingham Conservation Area Appraisal Document, should do so by midday Monday 24 Februrary 2020, via the council website https://guildford.inconsult.uk, or via emailing Conservation@guildford.gov.uk, or by writing to: Design and Conservation (Planning Policy), Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BB. Please ensure you make it clear which part of the document (page, section, paragraph) your comments refer to.
Hard copies of the documents will be available to view at the Council office main reception at Millmead and at Horsley and Guildford libraries (during usual opening hours) throughout the consultation period.