Randwick Conservation Area

In Spring 2022 the parish council engaged consultants to review the Randwick Conservation Area which was designated in 1990. Conservation areas are designated by the District Council when an area is recognised to have a special character or appearance worthy of protection. Randwick Conservation Area had not been reviewed since 1990.

Conservation Area No 36 Randwick 1990

The council commissioned Inspire Heritage Services, an external heritage consultant, to review the existing Randwick Conservation Area to help manage and protect the architectural and historic interest of the village, including its buildings, trees and open spaces – in other words, the features that make it unique.

Following a survey throughout the parish in Spring 2022 the consultants presented their draft at the Annual Parish Meeting in May.

Thanks are due to everyone who returned the survey form. The responses provided influenced the preparation of the appraisal. Parishioners will also be invited to provide further comment on the document itself during the period of statutory consultation by the local authority.

Within conservation areas there are greater restrictions over works which require planning permission. Applications for planning permission for new development in conservation areas are more rigorously assessed to consider whether proposals preserve or enhance the special character or appearance of the conservation area.

Randwick Conservation Area Appraisal as submitted to SDC

The Conservation Area Statement was considered by SDC’s Environment Committee.

SDC’s public consultation started in January 2024 with a meeting at Randwick Village Hall.

Once adopted, Stroud District Council will publish the document online, alongside other adopted conservation area statements, and it will become Supplementary Planning Advice.

Public Consultation on the Randwick Conservation Area Appraisal

More than twenty members of the public attended the consultation meeting held at Randwick Village Hall on Thursday January 18th.

The chairman briefly explained the purpose of the appraisal. The parish council had asked consultants to review the Conservation Area designated in 1990. He introduced Natalie Whalley, Stroud District Council’s Senior Planning Strategy Officer and Kate Russell, SDC’s Specialist Conservation Officer. Natalie Whalley spoke about the public consultation procedure that was being carried out prior to producing a final draft of the review which would be sent to the SDC Development Committee to consider adopting it as Supplementary Planning Advice.

Members of the public were invited to ask questions. Matters raised included questions about the boundaries of the Conservation Area, ‘local listing’ and Article 4 Directions.

During the discussions and in response to questions, the SDC officers explained that the 1990 designation had had a bearing on development in the conservation area since 1990 and that the recent appraisal identified what was valued and would provide a sound reference for the planning authority (SDC) in applying its planning policies to development in the area. The appraisal identified what was valued but was not about ‘preserving the area in aspic’. The aim of the conservation area was to maintain the character of the village.

The officers explained that ‘local listing’ was different to listing buildings of special architectural or historic interest, considered to be of national importance and therefore worth protecting and added to the National Heritage List for England. ‘Local listing ‘ was described as a statement of significance: the planning authority could identify non-designated heritage assets which merited consideration in planning decisions. No extra planning constraints were applied to locally listed assets. Any proposed development to the building or nearby would be considered in the light of its impact on the building: no extra planning controls would be imposed.

‘Article 4 Directions’ could only apply to proposed works on elevations of a property that fronted a highway or public open space. SDC would review the buildings which the appraisal had proposed for Article 4 designation. Article 4 designation would affect development by removing permitted development rights and require an application for planning permission for work to a Designated building. SDC would review the properties proposed for Article 4 designation.

Some parishioners raised questions about the proposed changes to the boundaries of the conservation area. Some houses had been included in the area but not the properties’ gardens. A map did not show a building within the boundary and a parishioner questioned the inclusion of his property in the area.

SDC would consider the boundary.

The planning authority would produce a report after the consultation finished in February which would go to the parish council and the final draft would go to SDC’s Development Committee in the summer for it to consider adopting the Conservation Area Statement as Supplementary Planning Advice to help inform planning decisions and steer the application of Local Plan Policies within the conservation area.

The chairman urged parishioners to respond to the consultation by contacting SDC. The documents can be seen at https://www.stroud.gov.uk/randwickca

The consultation runs until Wednesday February 21st. The online survey can be found at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/I08BQS

The planning officers were thanked and the council also thanked all the members of the public who had attended the meeting.

The draft review is available here Randwick Conservation Area Appraisal

Randwick Conservation Area Appraisal

Advice for planning applicants

Randwick Village Design Statement

Randwick Village Design Statement, which covers the whole Parish, has been adopted by Stroud District Council and is available from the SDC website by following this link.

Village Design Statement – Advice for planning applicants

Planning applicants are strongly recommended to consult this document and refer to it in applications.

Pre-application Community Involvement Protocol

Randwick Parish Council has adopted the Stroud District Council Pre-application Community Involvement Protocol to enable developers to consult with the local community.

The aim of this Protocol is to enable open, agreed and well-­structured working between communities, applicants/developers, local authorities and elected members in advance of planning applications, helping to deliver better quality development for all.

PDF Pre-application community development protocol

PDF Addendum for Randwick Parish

Applicants are invited to contact the Parish Council and attend one of the regular monthly meetings to outline plans.

Community Infrastructure Levy

CIL Reporting for Town and Parish Councils

Under the CIL Regulations 2010 the Parish Council must report annually on receipts and project expenditure in the previous financial year. In 2020/21 Randwick and Westrip Parish Council did not spend any CIL funding.

This has been formally reported to our local CIL charging authority Stroud District Council www.stroud.gov.uk.

RWPC CIL report 2021-22

CIL Report 2022-23 Feb 2024