GUIDELINES FOR DEVELOPMENT

General

Future residential development should offer a variety of types and designs of housing so that no one style predominates. This would respect the present 'unplanned' style of development. Developments should avoid rows of standard types of houses and should, wherever possible, offer open views to the surrounding countryside. The details on each building are important, for it is these which give it individuality and character. Open space within the village is important. However, over time infilling has taken up nearly all the accessible frontage within the existing approved development area, with very few open areas now left. The open spaces that remain should be retained, and infilling should be avoided. It is recognised that change and evolution is inevitable, but where there is change it must be gradual and limited, and be sympathetic to and respect these guidelines.

Building Types

* Designs should reflect the characteristics of the older village houses, cottages and farms.
* Nevertheless, good quality modern designs with buildings in other materials may also be appropriate, provided they respect the character of surrounding properties.
* Traditional barns and other suitable buildings can be used through sympathetic conversion where these integrate with the existing village.
* Houses should, where possible, have wide frontages, reflecting existing old farmhouse designs.

Building Height

* Buildings should have a maximum of 2 stories and an attic.
* The ground floor level should be kept close to natural ground level, and care should be taken to ensure that buildings on higher ground do not dominate their neighbours.
* Eaves should not be at a greater height than 4.6 metres.

Materials

* New developments should generally be in local natural stone - the hard, grey stone from Beaminster quarry or possibly Todber stone from Sturminster Newton as well as the softer, golden stone from the Ham Hill quarry.
* Rendering of an appropriate type and colour may be appropriate in certain locations when used on suitable designs of buildings.

Walls

* There should be substantially more wall than window. Openings should be kept reasonably small with timber or stone lintels.
* Meter boxes should not be visible from the road.

Roofs

* The maximum roof span for houses should be 6 metres. The pitch for roofs generally should be 40 to 50 degrees.
* Water tabling or pointed verges should be used. Barge boards with a deep overhang should be avoided. Eaves overhang should be kept to a minimum with a dark finish.
* New houses should include a chimney where possible.
* Clay roof tiles should generally be used, but thatch and natural slate can also be used where appropriate.

Window, Doors and Openings

* Windows should use balanced designs without top vents. Glazing bars should be used. Frames should be painted rather than stained.
* Dormer windows should be no wider, and preferably smaller, than the windows below them.
* Open porches are suitable provided they are of an acceptable design that matches the property.
* Doors should be of a simple vertical boarded design with the appropriate door furniture.

House Extensions

In general extensions should:
* reflect the character of the original house in terms of scale, design, windows and opening details, roofing details and materials; flat roofs should be avoided.
* not result in undue loss of light or outlook or appear overbearing to adjoining properties.
* not impair the balance of the principal elevation.

Boundary Treatments

* There should be stone walls or hedges or both for boundaries between gardens and public areas. Fences, Leylandii and open plan gardens should be avoided.
* Boundary walls should be capped with cock and hen coping.

Landscaping and Open Space

* New developments should respect the line of existing houses and should provide small front gardens where appropriate.
* Landscaping and planting should be used to ensure that new developments respect the setting, views and outlook of existing properties.
* New overhead cabling should be discouraged, and every opportunity should be taken to place existing services underground.

Highways

* Paths, pavements, kerbs, signs, street furniture and street lights are not part of the village character and should be discouraged.
* Existing narrow, winding lanes discourage excessive speeds and through traffic and should not be changed.
* Any development which encourages through traffic should not be permitted.
* Any new road plans should take into account the existing character and layout of the village.

Public Rights of Way

* If any existing right of way is affected by a development, the integrity of that right of way should be carefully preserved.
* The routes of existing paths should be maintained and their quality improved.
* The opportunity to open up new rights of way should be sought where possible.

For More Information

For further advice about development proposals in Hardington Mandeville or for ideas about altering or extending property in the village, please contact the Area South Planning Team at South Somerset District Council, telephone 01935 462758.