Burton conservation area appraisal and management plan
This appraisal document aims to ensure that the essential character of Burton is suitably protected and that future development is appropriate and sustainable.
This appraisal and management plan for the Burton Conservation Area was adopted by Christchurch council on 21 February 2007.
The status of the conservation area appraisal and management plan is likely to be supplementary information which may inform a future supplementary planning document (SPD) on the subject of conservation area issues within the borough.
The character of Burton consists of a mix of things:
- the linear development of a string of settlements along Salisbury Road
- the open rural agricultural landscape setting
- the village green and its collection of historic buildings which front this important space
- a sense of a village community with churches, village hall, post office/shop centred on the green and good mix of young and older residents
- the survival of farms and farm buildings (some converted) as a reminder of the strong agricultural origins of the settlement
- the survival of grand houses from the Georgian period and later with remnants of their estates (for example boundary walls) still forming important parts of the street scene
- the glimpses throughout the village of the distinctive bellcote of the Grade II listed St Lukes Church (1875) by the renowned local architect Benjamin Ferrey
- landmark trees, for example the two cedars outside Burton Hall which make important contributions to the street scene
- mature tree cover which often partially or totally obscures buildings set in their plots and forms an attractive part of the setting of these buildings
- open views to the east across the low arable fields of the Avon River terrace with distant views of the low tree lined ridge of the edge of the New Forest
- good survival of vernacular building types; cottages, farmhouses and outbuildings in traditional materials with a predominance of local handmade red brick combined with natural slate, clay tiles and thatch
Summary of recommendations
- Two buildings are identified as vulnerable and require monitoring and one listed building is identified as being potentially at risk
- There are a number of boundary changes proposed; these include six small areas for removal and three larger landscape areas (related to setting) to be included.
- A number of buildings are proposed for the application of Article 4(2) directions. These range from windows, doors, roofs and chimneys to control of boundary wall removal. The conservation area has a number of good quality boundary walls which are presently unprotected from partial removal.
- Areas for enhancement include improvements to signage, consideration of the positive management of the trees on the green and the possibility of the introduction of a 20 mph speed limit through the village core
There is the potential for linkage of the post office and shop to the green whilst at the same time improving the setting of the shop with improved materials to the forecourt.
Please note that an erratum note has been published to provide corrections to the Burton report.