Monday 9 May 2016

Inquiry decisions - setting of listed buildings and conservation areas

We have been successful in representing two local planning authorities for proposed housing sites which affect the character and appearance (and setting) of conservation areas and the setting of listed buildings in Derbyshire. 

1. Woodhead Road Heritage and Landscape Appraisal 
High Peak Local Plan - Site allocations on farmland initially identified in the Local Plan for 121 dwellings at Woodhead Road, Glossop, were scrutinised by our team (with landscape and historic buildings and areas expertise) at the request of Historic England and our evidence base and assessment of significance and levels of harm has been found to be robust by the Local Plan inspector.  

Old Glossop

Key considerations were:
  • Cumulative impact on heritage assets
  • Key views towards the heritage assets 
The inspector stated: 
"the cumulative impact of development in this location on the various heritage assets and their settings, particularly in relation to the Conservation Area, is such that it would give rise to harm to their significance. For the above reasons, while I have found that the overall harm would be less than substantial, it would nonetheless be material.
The Woodhead Road allocation sites for housing in the Local Plan have as a result been removed because of the harm to the heritage assets - the plan was approved with these omissions in April 2016.
The Inspector's decision can be seen at this link, paragraphs 189-200:

2. Wingfield Manor and South Wingfield -  acting as expert witness in January on behalf of the local planning authority, Mel Morris provided advice in dealing with heritage matters for a housing application for 90 dwellings at Inns Lane by Gladman Developments Ltd.   This affected the setting of the Grade I Wingfield Manor and the South Wingfield Conservation Area.  Despite lack of a 5-year housing supply, the Inspector concluded that the "adverse impacts are too high a price to pay."  
Wingfield Manor Derbyshire
View from the High Tower towards South Wingfield

He stated:
The character and appearance of the South Wingfield Conservation Area would not be preserved or enhanced and the significance of the Grade I listed Wingfield Manor would be diminished through harm to its setting. The level of harm to heritage significance would be ‘less than substantial’ in terms of the NPPF, but attracts considerable weight and importance in the balance. Moreover, the scheme would be suburban in layout and would extend existing ribbon development in Inns Lane into the countryside in a conspicuous and disproportionate way, in conflict with the pattern of existing development in the village and unduly assertive in its siting. The character and appearance of the area generally would be markedly adversely affected." 
The Inspector's decision to dismiss the appeal can be read on the Planning Portal under this PINS reference: APP/M1005/W/15/3006136
see also this link:

Conservation Plan - Standard Works Birmingham Jewellery Quarter

Described by English Heritage as "one of the best examples of a flatted factory," work starts this month on the development of a Conservation Plan for Standard Works, in the heart of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter for the Ruskin Mill Land Trust.  I shall be working closely with the architect at Purcell to identify how best to preserve the significance of the 1879 building and reveal its hidden history.  This builds upon our work last year for Nexus Heritage, funded by the Architectural Heritage Fund, to produce a detailed analysis of the building. 

Unusual cast-iron ground floor window bays with integral
massive cast-iron pilasters decorated to simulate joinery
Basement with cast iron columns and iron beams supporting load-bearing engineered brick
walls and open courtyards above. Much of the jack-arched construction to the courtyard bays
was removed during 20th century adaptation  

Greenbank Hall - Chester

Many thanks to Neil Hutchinson of Owen Ellis Architects for the latest photograph of the finished Greenbank, complete with newly-planted pleached hornbeams.  The Conservation Management Plan we produced has been used by the developer in conjunction with their legal team to scope out individual leases.