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Council looks ahead with new heritage planning guidelines

News release 8429, published on 13 Mar 2019
New planning guidelines to protect the heritage of our towns, villages, countryside and local heritage sites such as Highclere Castle, The Vyne and Silchester Roman Town have been agreed.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet recommended the adoption of the Heritage Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) at a recent meeting.

The extensive and diverse historic environment has a positive impact on the character of the borough and enriches the lives of residents and visitors. Protecting and maintaining the area’s heritage is important and the new guidance ensures that it is protected and, where possible, enhanced.

The Heritage Supplementary Planning Document is due to be adopted by the Council on Thursday 28 March and will then be used for determining relevant planning applications and assessing applications for Listed Building Consent.

The council has produced the extra planning documents to ensure the area’s rich heritage is protected and enhanced for future generations to enjoy. It follows on from the recently adopted Landscape, Biodiversity and Trees planning guidelines.

The draft guidelines received a supportive response from the community, including local heritage groups, after extensive public consultation from November to January.

Historic England, The Basingstoke Heritage Society and Basingstoke Canal Society all commented and raised queries relating to heritage concerns which led to some amendments to the document.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “This guidance forms an important part in the council’s positive approach to protecting the borough’s historic environment. It will play a crucial role in planning decisions and will enhance the character of the borough, protecting it for the future."

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