Bevill Cottage plan “harm to (Stratton’s) heritage assets” – Historic England

Historic England

Comment Date: Thu 12 Apr 2018

Thank you for your letter of 22 March 2018 regarding the above application for planning permission. On the basis of the information available to date, we offer the following advice to assist your authority in determining the application.

Historic England Advice
Significance of the heritage assets
Stratton is a very picturesque and historic village dating from at least the Saxon period. The whole of the historic core is a conservation area. The site proposed for development lies close to the centre of this historic area. Nearby are many listed buildings, including the grade II* listed Post Office House to the immediate north of the site and the grade I listed Church of St Andrew to the north-east. The development pattern of the village is typical of an historic settlement with road side / frontage housing with smaller scale outbuildings and more functional structures behind. There are occasional small courtyards of buildings and some alleyways. The urban grain is tight, with narrow roads and lanes and terrace housing. The character of the area is more fully described in Cornwall Council’s adopted conservation area appraisal for Stratton which was written in 2010. It is interesting to note that the the charming and characterful cobbles on Gibraltar Square are specifically referred to in this document.

Impact of the proposals on the heritage assets
In Historic England’s opinion the development pattern of the village contributes to the significance of the conservation area. The construction of a house in what is a ‘back land’ area of the village deviates from the traditional development pattern and causes harm to the conservation area as a heritage asset. In addition, we find that the access lane and its cobbled surface is likely to be damaged with increased frequency of use and this could result in the erosion of a feature of significance in the conservation area. Whilst the cobbled surface is an undesignated heritage asset, it is often these types of features that collectively contribute to local distinctiveness and add heritage value.

It is noted that the application references the likelihood of below ground archaeological remains in this location. Historic England agree with this assumption and would suggest that your archaeological advisors are consulted on the proposal for their expert input.

Historic England has concerns regarding the application on heritage grounds. In our opinion the erosion of the historic development pattern as a result of this proposal would cause harm to the conservation area’s character. We advise that the expert opinion of the local planning authority’s conservation officer is sought in relation to this application.

In determining this application you should bear in mind the statutory duty of section 72(1) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 to pay special attention to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of conservation areas.

Your authority should take these representations into account and seek amendments, safeguards or further information as set out in our advice. If there are any material changes to the proposals, or you would like further advice, please contact us.

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