Meeting re Canford Cliffs and Penn Hill Conservation Areas Boundary Review on 29 July at 6.00pm at Branksome St Aldhelms Parish Centre, 401 Poole Road (Access via Lindsay Road)
Notwithstanding the Drop-in event at All Saints Church Hall, Western Road on Thursday 24 July from 3.00 to 7.00pm, the association share your concerns and have arranged a Public meeting devoted, solely, to the above subject – see above. As you might expect, the proposed changes to the following Conservation Areas are generating a lot of interest in the area covered by our Association.
Beach Road – It is proposed that the Beach Road Conservation Area be removed. It is not considered that Conservation Area status is the right tool to protect landscape for landscape sake. However, should it be decided that the designation remain then it is considered that the flats and car park should be removed from the Conservation Area as these are not positive features. It is also considered that should it be deemed to retain the status then it would be logical to consult on the creation of a new Conservation Area at Branksome Dene Chine which displays the same characteristics as the other two chines at Beach Road and Canford Cliffs.
Recommendation: to consult on the de-designation of the Beach Road Conservation Area.
Branksome Park – The character of Canford Cliffs Road has been significantly eroded and its removal from the conservation area is recommended. The other boundaries were also re-assessed to ensure they reflect the landscape character of the area. It is the trees and soft landscape i.e. the setting that give the area significance rather than the properties themselves.
Recommendation: to consult on proposed changes to the boundary of the Branksome Park Conservation Area.
Canford Cliffs – As with Beach Road it is proposed to remove the designation for the same reason, that Conservation Area status is not the appropriate tool to protect landscape. However, should it be decided that the designation remain then consideration should be given to including those positive buildings within Flaghead Road, St. Clair Road and Cliff Drive.
Recommendation: to consult on the de-designation of the Canford Cliffs Conservation Area.
Canford Cliffs North – The Borough of Poole Characterisation Study 2010 concluded that the current boundaries are ‘irregular and rather arbitrary’, and it recommended that the boundaries are amended to create a more cohesive area. The conservation area appraisal survey highlighted there was little to distinguish the conservation area from the surrounding streets and it is recommended to
rationalise the boundary and include additional positive buildings to give more cohesion to the area.
Recommendation: to consult on the inclusion of additional positive buildings within the Canford Cliffs North Conservation Area and consequent changes to its boundary.
Chester Road – No change.
Compton Acres – As a Grade II* Registered Park and Garden, the landscape and its setting already have more protection than conservation area status provides, so its validity as a conservation area is questionable.
Recommendation: to consult on the de-designation of the Compton Acres Conservation Area.
Evening Hill – The character of this conservation area has been significantly eroded through plot subdivision and the rationale behind its designation has been lost.
Recommendation: to consult on the de-designation of the Evening Hill Conservation Area.
Harbour Heights – It is questionable whether the character of this small group of buildings is of sufficient special character to be a conservation area. However, if it is decided that the conservation area should be retained, the Church of the Transfiguration should be considered for removal from the conservation area as it is of a different architectural style and age than the other buildings.
Recommendation: to consult on the de-designation of the Harbour Heights Conservation Area.
Haven Road – No Change.
The Avenue – Properties to the east of the existing conservation area between Cassel Avenue and the boundary of Bournemouth Borough Council were appraised together with those along the north side of Mountbatten Road, and considered to be of sufficient quality to be included in the conservation area.
It is therefore proposed to treat those remaining conservation areas in Canford Cliffs and Penn Hill as one. In addition, other than for Haven Road, it is proposed that an article 4 Direction be considered to manage gates, fences, driveways and boundary treatment.
Recommendation: to consult on changes to the boundary of the conservation areas and to introduce an Article 4 Direction to manage gates, fences, driveways and boundary treatment.