The following guidelines appear as Chapter 9 of the Village Design Statement.
9.1 NEW BUILDINGS
9.2 EXTENSIONS & ALTERATIONS
9.3 FEATURES TO AVOID
9.4 MAKING USE OF THESE GUIDELINES
While the following guidelines are of general application, they are of particular importance when dealing with a site within the Conservation Area or with any Listed Buildings. They also incorporate principles outlined in chapters 1 to 8 of the Village Design Statement.
These should be designed in a style which harmonises with their immediate neighbours. The height, volume and overall appearance of any new building must be in proportion to what is already there. For example, a two storey building should not be built in the middle of a row of bungalows.
When a group of buildings is proposed, standard estate¬designs should be avoided and a mixture of designs adopted to provide a range of house sizes.
The imaginative use of design details - in windows, finials, barge-boards, hanging tiles, shaped bricks, etc., - should be encouraged, so long as they do not clash with those on neighbouring properties and so long as they are not architecturally inappropriate.
Designs should embody similar brick colouring and sufficient features from neighbouring properties to give the effect of continuity.
The use of knapped flint walling should be encouraged in new developments, both in the walls dividing properties and in the properties themselves. Hedges should be of indigenous hedging plants, such as hawthorn, beech, holly and yew.
Generous open spaces must be allowed for within any new housing development. The development at Southdene is a fine example of what can be achieved.
All new building development must incorporate off-street parking to ensure that current village parking problems are not worsened. New garages should be sited, wherever possible, behind the front wall of the house. Blocks of garages or parking spaces should be avoided.
Light pollution should be minimised. Future developments should not include provision for street lighting.
Any development which might involve an increase in current noise levels will not be acceptable.
The preservation of existing trees and the planting of new ones will need to be a central part of any new village development, whether the development consists of multiple or single buildings.
Higher standards of design and external appearance will be required on properties in or adjacent to Conservation Areas and on prominent sites.
The preservation of existing period buildings of whatever size is required, whether or not they are listed, and their demolition in whole or in part should not be permitted without strong justification. Preservation of period features both externally and internally is equally important.
Extensions and outbuildings should be in matching materials and design to the main building and also be kept in proportion to it.
Roofs should similarly be in matching materials to those on the main roof and have a similar pitch.
Windows and doors should match the style, proportions, positioning and detail of those in the main building and be constructed of the same materials with similar glazing patterns. Double glazing should be installed in as sympathetic a style as possible.
Chimneys should not be shortened or demolished, as this can spoil the symmetry of a group of buildings, and can also distort the appearance of a single building.
Original external decorative features on the main building should be repeated in the extension.