Sherfield English

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Village Design Statement

The Sherfield English VDS has now been endorsed by the Parish Council and formally adopted by TVBC as a Supplementary Planning Document. It now has statutory authority, and must be taken into account in any planning application for a new build or extension. The full VDS is available here for download (1.2Mb).

This brings to conclusion 2 years of research and consultation within the village. The final document contains a lot more background information and detailed explanation, but remains essentially the same as the first draft circulated in the village newsletter in 2012.

The objective of the VDS is to allow reasonable development to proceed without harming the rural character of the village, and without diminishing the visual amenity of the open spaces and woodland views.

The village's character is defined as being essentially that of dispersed small groups of dwellings, with no large concentrations, and no closely parallel or tightly folding street patterns. Or put another way, the plots of all dwellings should have direct contact with either fields or woodland. This specfically rules out 'backland' or 'tandem' developments.

Neigbourhood Development Plan

The Parish Council is looking at the possibilities created by the Localism Bill, and has had preliminary discussions with the Borough Planning Service about the potential scope of a Neigbourhood Development Plan for Sherfield English. Some initial ideas were discussed at the APM in May, and further research is being undertaken.

The Parish Plan

This was published in December 2008 after extensive consultation across the village, including a questionnaire delivered to all households. It provides policy statements and Action Plans for such issues as business and housing development, leisure facilities, conservation, etc., and also covers noise, traffic and other concerns.

The Sherfield English Parish Plan has been approved by the local Borough, TVBC, and endorsed by the 'Local Strategic Partnership'. Information about this latter initiative is available from their web site: www.yourtestvalley.com 

The Parish Plan includes an index of local businesses, a reference page for local groups and clubs and a map of all 'Sites of Interest for Nature Conservation' in the parish.

Click on the 'Parish Plan' button to download a PDF copy of the Plan, or ask a Parish Councillor for a printed copy.