The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) has published the community’s draft Village Design Statement for public comment.
Village Design Statements (VDS) are prepared by local communities. They describe the character of the landscape and built environment of their parish and include guidelines to help ensure that this character is conserved and enhanced in any new development in the area.
Buriton has had a Village Design Statement since 1999/2000 (one of the first to be produced in the District) and it was updated as part of the community's Parish Plan exercise in 2008/9. The Parish Council has been advised by the Planning Authority that it now needs to be kept up to date again.
During the course of 2015 and 2016, as part of Buriton's ‘Plan B’ project, the guidelines in the Village Design Statement have been revisited and, where necessary, refreshed: drawing upon views of residents and best practice in other places.
Most of the guidelines are still very similar to those which were originally produced by the community in 2000 and re-affirmed in 2008 - but they have been revisited from first principles, using the context of local landscapes to inform layout and design guidelines.
The Parish Council has submitted the updated VDS to SDNPA to be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document. The SDNPA must publish the draft VDS for a minimum of 6 weeks and invite representations. Following this consultation period SDNPA will consider any representations received and decide whether it is appropriate for the Buriton VDS to be adopted by the SDNPA as a Supplementary Planning Document.
The document will, when adopted, provide further detail to policy CP29 (Design) of the East Hampshire District Local Plan: Joint Core Strategy.
More details are available via this link