Lodsworth Village Design Statement Questionnaire

The feedback from this questionnaire will provide one of the most important inputs into the planning process. It will provide the basis for two working papers which will be circulated to the consultative panel, to all those who contributed, and to all other parishioners, landowners and businesses who wish to receive them. The feedback, consultative panel discussions and any other inputs will subsequently provide the basis for the Lodsworth VDS.

So please complete the questionnaire so that you can have your say!

Subject 1 – Landscape setting

Background - The 2004 Lodsworth Parish Plan stated:

‘Always select indigenous planting’
‘Garden and other walls should be in stone or flint with brick dressings’
‘Avoid concrete surfaces in hard landscaping’

Other recent, local VDSs have covered subjects such as:

‘Any development that would make the settlements more prominent in the landscape should be resisted’
‘Native hedging and trees are a distinctive feature of the parish and should be preserved and encouraged in areas of new development, in particular on road frontages’
‘The rural edge of the settlements should be maintained by native planting’
‘In any development, the importance of the streams, the spring line and natural drainage patterns which support key wildlife habitats should be recognised and protected from harm’
‘Open spaces and green corridors that contribute to the rural feel of the settlements should be retained and enhanced wherever possible’

What are the essential elements of the parish's landscape that it is important to preserve, improve or reduce?
Please be as specific as possible. Considerations may include the topography of the village setting, the proximity to open fields and woodland, or the historic nature and heritage of the buildings
Your answer
Are there any guidelines relating to the landscape you believe should be put in place to assist applicants in making better, successful planning applications?
Your answer
Do you have specific comments on the following subjects?
Are there any particular views into, out of or within the parish that should be protected, and if so why?
Your answer
Are there any elements of open spaces and green corridors within the parish that are of a special nature?
If so, please explain what they are.
Your answer
Are there any landmarks or archaeological sites that in your opinion deserve special protection?
Your answer
What elements of local biodiversity and planting make the parish special?
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How important are hedgerows, boundary walls and fences in the parish, particularly at the edges of the settlement areas? Are ther particular types or styles that are preferred?
Your answer
What are the key characteristics and special nature of the parish's streetscape?
Your answer
‘Dark skies’ - Should ambient light at night be controlled? Do you consider it to be a positive element of the setting?
Please explain your answer
Your answer
Do you have any other comments on landscape setting?
Your answer
Subject 2 - Shape of the settlement
Background - The 2004 Lodsworth Parish Plan stated:

‘It is essential that we preserve and develop the parish as a rural community.’
‘It would be all too easy to destroy the ambience of the Parish with anything more than very limited growth.’
‘The Settlement Policy Area for Lodsworth only caters for limited development by way of carefully sited infilling.’
‘The only Conservation Area is at Lodsworth village. Its boundary overlaps a substantial portion of the Settlement Policy Area. lt may well be worthwhile to consider and propose Lickfold Green and some of the buildings in its vicinity as an additional Conservation Area in the Parish.’
‘New buildings should be sited where they follow the "grain" of their vicinity’
‘Respect the scale of existing buildings’
‘The environmental impact of agricultural, commercial and industrial development should be carefully studied so as to preserve the rural characteristics and lifestyle of the Parish.’
‘Agricultural and industrial buildings must be sited where they can be absorbed into the landscape, taking particular care not to break the skyline.’
‘The existing infrastructure and services must be improved if any further development in the area is to be considered.’

What are the important characteristics of Lodsworth’s settlements?
Considerations might include the layout of the village, the general architectural design, the density of the buildings and their configuration in relation to each other
Your answer
What elements of the shape, layout, density and configuration of the settlement is it important to preserve, improve or reduce?
Please be as specific as possible
Your answer
Are there particular guidelines relating to the shape, layout, density or configuration of the parish that you believe should be put in place to assist applicants in making better, successful planning applications?
Your answer
Do you have specific comments on the following subjects?
What are the distinctive elements of our rural community and how should they be preserved?
Your answer
Our Settlement Policy Area encloses the main built-up part of Lodsworth village – Is its boundary still appropriate and why?
This is not part of the VDS exercise but views are being collected for future input to SDNPA.
Your answer
Our Conservation Area is considered worthy of preservation or enhancement because of its special architectural or historic interest – Is its boundary still appropriate and why?
This is not part of the VDS exercise but views are being collected for future input to SDNPA.
Your answer
What is your opinion of how buildings and open spaces within the parish’s settlements are positioned and how they relate to each other?
Consideration might be given to infill of vacant plots, building in gardens, extensions to dwellings, etc
Your answer
How do you believe the quantum, size and mass of buildings and spaces in the parish should relate to their surroundings and to each other?
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Do you have any other comments on the scale, layout, shape, density and configuration of settlement?
Your answer
Subject 3 - Building scales, details & materials
Background - Our 2004 Lodsworth Parish Plan stated:

‘Local sandstone proliferates in the older buildings, sometimes with brick detailing, sometimes in an oak-framed structure’
‘Brick, with or without tile-hanging, has been used widely more recently’
‘Some materials introduced in the post-war years are better avoided except when a sympathetic extension is required’
‘Cottage style rather than suburban will be appropriate’
‘Shallow floor plans will generate the appropriate three-dimensional form’
‘Steeply pitched roofs are essential in the village scene. Slate should only be used by exception’
‘Use the vocabulary of existing, traditional facing materials for works to existing and new buildings’
‘Detailing should not necessarily replicate the existing but develop it’
‘Complementary colours other than white will be more successful’
‘Repeat materials and detailing when extending or amending existing buildings’
‘Replace like with like when repairing or maintaining existing unless upgrading can be achieved’
‘Modern architecture need not be discouraged provided it is considered very carefully with regard to its context and siting’
‘Avoid man made sheeting when cladding agricultural buildings, use instead timber or brick cladding’

What are the important characteristics of Lodsworth’s existing buildings?
Considerations might include architectural design, construction materials and techniques, orientation and massing
Your answer
What building characteristics do we wish to preserve, improve or reduce?
Your answer
Are there any particular guidelines relating to building design, materials and techniques that you believe should be put in place to assist applicants in making better, successful planning applications?
Your answer
Do you have specific comments on the following subjects?
Massing – The general shape and size of a building
Your answer
Details - Items such as doors, windows, porches, lighting, flues and ventilation, gutters, pipes and other rain water details, ironmongery and decorative features
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Materials
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Do you have any other comments or ideas on building scales, details & materials?
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