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Freshwater Village Design Statement

Freshwater Village Design Statement

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council paper of future design and layout of Freshwater parish on the Isle of Wight Hampshire UK
council paper of future design and layout of Freshwater parish on the Isle of Wight Hampshire UK

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Freshwater Village Design Statement
Contents Section number Page
IntroductionSection 1.0 to 1.4Page 1Geography, wildlife and farmingSection 2.0 to 2.7Page 2History timeline and settlement patternSection 3.0 to 3.1Page 3Map, valued areas and residentsfavourite viewSection 4.0 to 4..2Page 4Character and community profile, typical buildingsSection 5.0 to 5.6Page 5Dominant materials and buildings. Problem areasSection 6.0 to 6.4Page 6Modern builds that are considered good examplesSection 7.0 to 7.2Page 7Street furniture, transport and roadsSection 8.0 to 9.4Page 7The commercial environmentSection 10.0 to 10.8Page 8Freshwater Parish urban facilitiesSection 11.0 to 11.6Page 9Urban walls and hedgesSection 12.0 to 12.5Page 10Native trees and the planted environment. Vistas and viewsSection 13.0 to 13.4Page 11The four main areas of Freshwater Parish by typeSection 14.0 to 14.5Page 12Character of Freshwater VillageSection 15.0 to 15.7Page 13Character of Freshwater BaySection 16.0 to 16.7Page 14Character of NortonSection 17.0 to 17.7Page 15Character of Golden Hill to ComptonSection 18.0 to 18.5Page 16 Advice for local residentsSection 19.0 to 19.8Page 17General planning and developmentSection 20.0 to 20.8Page 18Considerations for the future and web linksSection 21.0 to 22.3Page 19
1.0 Introduction
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Freshwater Village Design Statement-Making Local Character Count in New Development
1.11.21.31.4The idea behind the production of a Village Design Statement (VDS) is to try and encapsulate the uniqueappreciation and understanding that local communities have of their own area, in a way that can be passedon to others. Change will happen, but a good VDS will allow the community to offer advice to those planning that change so that it enhances the local area and does not detract from it.The VDS has been produced by residents and in consultation with local community groups. When agreedand adopted by Freshwater Parish Council and the Isle of Wight Council, the VDS guidance will be takeninto account when determining planning applications for all future development within Freshwater. ThisVDS was produced in 2008 using data collected in 2007 ( and also the 2005 Village Plan ). The number of  building types, dates and styles are a guide only.A VDS aims to create a reference point for future village development, either in new building or modification of existing buildings, that is in harmony with the village setting and environment. At the endof this document are two pages of advice to residents and planners drawn from public consultations.The format of the VDS has been designed to be distributed electronically via the Internet and also to be printed. Information was collected on the area during 2007 and is available on a CD ROM from theFreshwater Parish Clerk. The extra information contains details of every street within Freshwater Parish aswell as extra maps and some aerial photographs. It is hoped that this will be useful to schools and other groups within the Parish.
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2.1The chalk Downs of the south coast arecovered by a shallow deposit of sandand clay which has washed down intothe valley behind. Here it has combinedwith the deposits from vegetationgrowth and river flooding. To the north,the ridge along the coast is mainly clay,limestone and sand. The dominantwinds are southerly in summer and
Wildlife and farming2.0 The Geography of Freshwater
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Crown copyright. All rights reserved. 100019229 2008
2.22.32.4The West Wight is considered to be the rural endof the Isle of Wight and the wide range of naturalfeatures within a small area attract a varied rangeof wildlife.The southern chalk Downs are freedraining,which, combined with the often strongsalt laden winds from the English Channel, giverise to some unique plants and wildlife not foundon the north shore only a mile away. The mainground cover is short grass but in protectedhollows, clustered bellflower,orchids and cowslipsgrow. The higher Downs are populated by rabbits.The slopes in the lee of theDowns support gorse, hawthornand ash trees. Badgers, foxesand small rodents live in thewooded areas and the old limequarries.The valleys and flood plainsconsist of green sands and claysthat, along with the marsh areas,support a number of rodents, bird life and larger mammals.Geographically and climatically, the north coast is less severe than the south. The soil has a higher sand andclay content which can result in severe coastal erosion. Trees, gorse and heather hold the soil in place andoffer a different habitat for butterflies, lizards, skylark, wheatear, linnet and kestrel.
Wildlife corridors
are very important when linking the different types of areas. Apart from the openspaces, hedges and gardens are often used to link these across the urban spread. Examples of importantcorridors within the urban area are: along the north coast from Colwell to Norton Spit via FortVictoria, the wooded areas to the south of Golden Hill Country Park that link the Yar Valley with GoldenHill and then on to Colwell, Longhalves Lane and Stroud Coppice which links Golden Hill with AftonMarsh, Afton Marsh through Rectory Field, Camp Field, the football pitch and Grannies Mead on up toTennyson Down, Tennyson Down to Afton Down via Freshwater Bay.
Farming
within the West Wight is mainly split into three types. On the Downs sheep are grazed as well assome rare breed cattle. The areas below, are used for raising horses and dairy herds. The river valley and oldflood plains support crop cultivation, with this being split between cereals, market gardens and grass beinggrown as animal winter feed.2.52.62.7

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