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   Binfield Parish Landscape Character and Heritage Study - Draft    21 August, 2017

You can find the full draft Study with related documentation referenced within the Study in the Document Archive folder on our website here http://www.binfieldparishcouncil.org.uk/documents.php?id=5. The draft Study is saved in a folder entitled Landscape Character & Heritage Study.

Binfield Parish Council, in conjunction with the Neighbourhood Planning Group, appointed Kirkham Landscape Planning Ltd, the terra firma Consultancy Ltd and Wessex Archaeology to produce a Binfield Parish Landscape and Heritage Study to inform decision making following the adoption of the Binfield Neighbourhood Plan in April 2016.

The European Landscape Convention (ELC) definition of “landscape” is: “ ….. an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and / or human factors.”

The Parish of Binfield falls wholly in Bracknell Forest and is not covered by a national or local landscape designation. However, the northern part of the Parish lies within the Green Belt as shown on Figure 1 and much of Binfield Village lies within the three areas of Bracknell Character Areas: Binfield SPD 2010. One Grade II* Registered Park and Garden lies within the Parish at Newbold College (Moor Close). The Parish however includes a large number of listed buildings and designated natural environmental assets, as well as several unlisted heritage and environmental assets.

The study will assist the Parish during the Local Plan process, and in particular the emerging SHELAA (Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment), and in development control. The study will provide a robust landscape and heritage evidence base that will contribute to other evidence used in plan making and planning decisions.

The Study builds on published landscape character studies most notably the Bracknell Landscape Character Assessment 2015 and Bracknell Character Areas SPD 2010. A full list of documents in included in Section 4. 2.

Objectives of the Study

·         Overall the Study aims to provide a transparent, consistent, objective and robust approach to the Binfield Parish Landscape and Heritage Study, and to provide the Parish and Local Planning Authority officers with evidence to understand where the potential landscape, visual and heritage impacts would be greatest.

·         The Binfield Parish Landscape and Heritage Study identifies and describes variation in the character of the landscape across Binfield Parish. It identifies 12no. Binfield Parish Landscape Character Areas (PLCAs) which exhibit unique combinations of elements and features (characteristics) that make the landscape and townscape areas distinctive and makes recommendations for each PLCA.

·         The boundaries of these PLCAs are based on the wider landscape character types identified in the Bracknell Landscape Character Assessment 2015 and Bracknell Character Areas SPD 2010 and detailed desk-based and fieldwork assessment. The Study considers the heritage assets of the Parish, both designated and possible non-designated sites, based on data from Historic England, the recently completed draft historic Landscape Character Assessment for East Berkshire and historic OS mapping. The Study includes an analysis of the visual characteristics of the Parish; key views and vistas, and landmark features.

·         The study takes into account the locations of ecological and recreational assets in the Parish but does not include detailed studies of these topics.

·         During consultation on the Pre-submission draft Neighbourhood Plan Historic England suggested in a letter dated 10 August 2015 that more consideration be given to the location of historic environment resources, including historic landscape character of both designated and possible non-designated local heritage assets and buildings of local heritage interest that deserve consideration in planning. The letter also made further suggestions for more detailed studies to identify the boundaries and features of potential non-designated sites. This Study does not go into that level of detail but does identify those heritage assets worthy of further assessment. These are listed under the relevant PLCAs and plotted on Figure 5.

Please refer to the full draft Binfield Parish Landscape Character and Heritage Study on our website here http://www.binfieldparishcouncil.org.uk/documents.php?id=5. The Study can be found in the Documents Archive section in the Landscape Character & Heritage Study folder.

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