Areas of Character

 

Areas of Character are those areas within the Arun District which are considered to be of distinctive character or quality, and therefore worthy of protection through rigorous control of new development. The council has identified 14 areas within the Local Planning Authority Area which it believes meets the required criteria. While these areas do not have the same status or level of protection as Conservation Areas, it is still desirable for them to be recognised. Designation helps identify and celebrate an area's  character. It also brings it under the consideration of the planning system (where permission is required for specific developments) so that some thought will be taken about its preservation and enhancement.

 

Criteria

 

The criteria used in the selection of areas for designation as Areas of Special Control are as follows:

  • The area must have been substantially built before 1939. Only in exceptional cases will designation be made for areas dating from a later period;
  • The area must have a recognisable and distinctive character worthy of protection;
  • The area must contain buildings, the majority of which are distinctive or of high quality design and appearance; and
  • The area must be of sufficient size to be identifiable and cohesive.

 

Policy HER DM4
Areas of Character

Within Areas of Character, as defined on the Proposals Map, planning permission or

relevant consent will be granted subject to:

a. The retention of buildings and other features such as boundary walls, hedges, trees, railings, open spaces, etc. which make positive contributions to the special character of the areas;

b. The maintenance of an appropriate mix of uses where this is an important element in the character of an area;

c. New development preserving, and where possible, enhancing the special character of these areas, particularly with regard to the characteristics identified by the Local Planning Authority.

 

Area of Character Locations

The following areas have been identified as Areas of Character:

Areas of Character

Designation

Revised

Maltravers Road, St. Winefrides Road (Part), Fitzalan Road (Part), Littlehampton

Oct. 1995

Dec.1997

Barnham Rd, Downview Rd, Barnham

Oct. 1995

Dec. 1997

Fitzalan Rd, St. Catherine’s Rd, etc. Littlehampton

Oct. 1995

 

Norfolk Road (part) Littlehampton

Oct. 1995

 

Pagham Beach Estate

Oct. 1995

 

Barrack Lane (part)

Oct. 1996

Dec. 1997

Aldwick Road

Oct. 1996

 

Aldwick Street/ Fish Lane, Aldwick

Oct. 1996

 

Middleton-on-Sea Estate, Middleton

Oct. 1996

 

Barton Close, Pagham

Oct. 1996

 

Elm Avenue, etc., East Preston

Oct. 1996

 

South Terrace (part), Littlehampton

Dec. 1997

 

Seafield Road, etc., East Preston

Dec. 1997

 

 

 

Areas of Character Supplementary Planning Document

 

The Council has produced a Areas of Character Supplementary Planning Document [pdf] 2MB concerning these areas. This document contains descriptions of the particular characteristics of each of the areas so as to better guide and assess development proposals within them (for both applicants and the Planning Department).

Please note that as of 15th April 2009 Craigweil House, Aldwick was designated as a Conservation Area.  It  is no longer an Area of Special Character, as explained in paragraph 16.5.6 of the Arun Local Plan 2011-2031.  As such references to this area in the above Supplementary document should be disregarded and the guidance on the Conservation Area page followed instead.

 

Is my property located in an Area of Character?

In order to discover if your property is within an Area of Character you can either: