Waveney Local Plan

Conservation Areas

8.206 Conservation Areas are designated Heritage Assets and are afforded a high level of protection in national planning policy. Conservation areas are identified on the Policies Map and are located in Beccles[1] , Bungay[2] , Halesworth, Holton, Homersfield, Lowestoft (North and South), Oulton Broad[3] , Somerleyton[4] , Southwold, Southwold Harbour, Walberswick Quay, Wangford, Wissett and Wrentham.

8.207 All of the above Conservation Areas have had Conservation Area Appraisals prepared. These are updated regularly and provide an overview, of the character, significance and management of the Conservation Areas.

253 Wangford Street Scene8.208 Policy WLP8.37 sets out the local approach for the management of development within the Conservation Areas in order to avoid and reduce harm and to enhance the integrity of the areas. The Policy requires that proposals within Conservation Areas take into account the Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan proposals in order to conserve and enhance the areas. It also sets out the approach to managing demolitions within Conservation Areas. Similar to the approach for Locally Listed Buildings, proposals for the demolition of buildings in Conservation Areas with architectural, historic or visual significance will only be permitted where the building is structurally unsound or all measures to sustain the use or find an alternative use for the building have been exhausted. In demonstrating this, a marketing exercise in accordance with the principles outlined in Appendix 7 should be undertaken. Evidence of marketing will be required to be submitted with any planning application. It should also be demonstrated that it is not technically feasible and economically viable to accommodate the proposed new use for the site within the existing building. For buildings which are considered structurally unsound, a structural survey should be included with any planning application.

8.209 Since 2004 the Council has had a policy for the replacement of windows and other features in Conservation Areas. All Conservation Areas in the Waveney Local Plan area have Article 4 Directions which means planning permission is required for these types of proposals. The policy approach seeks to retain historic features in prominent parts of Conservation Areas which contribute to the character of area. This policy approach has proved successful in conserving and enhancing Conservation Areas within the District and has been carried forward. Further detail on the implementation of this policy is set down in the Built Heritage and Design Supplementary Planning Document.  

Policy WLP8.37 - Conservation Areas

Development within Conservation Areas will be assessed against the relevant Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans and should be of a particularly high standard of design and materials in order to preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the area.

Proposals which involve the demolition of non-listed buildings in a Conservation Area will only be permitted where:

  • The building is structurally unsound and beyond feasible and viable repair (for reasons other than deliberate damage or neglect);
  • All measures to sustain the existing use or find an alternative use/user have been exhausted; or
  • The building has no architectural, historic or visual significance.

In all cases, proposals for demolition should include comprehensive and detailed plans for redevelopment of the site.

Proposals for replacement doors, windows and porches in Conservation Areas where Article 4 Directions are in place must be of a suitable design and constructed in appropriate materials. Applications will be assessed with reference to the prominence of the location, the historic and architectural value of the building and the historic and architectural value of the feature to be replaced.

 

1. Conservation areas partly managed by Broads Authority. Also within Waveney district is the Conservation Area of Ellingham, which is entirely within the Broads Authority-managed area of Waveney and so is not covered by this policy. [back]
2. Conservation areas partly managed by Broads Authority. Also within Waveney district is the Conservation Area of Ellingham, which is entirely within the Broads Authority-managed area of Waveney and so is not covered by this policy. [back]
3. Conservation areas partly managed by Broads Authority. Also within Waveney district is the Conservation Area of Ellingham, which is entirely within the Broads Authority-managed area of Waveney and so is not covered by this policy. [back]
4. Conservation areas partly managed by Broads Authority. Also within Waveney district is the Conservation Area of Ellingham, which is entirely within the Broads Authority-managed area of Waveney and so is not covered by this policy. [back]