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Planning Policy

PARISH COUNCIL ASSETS

Memorial Hall
The Parish Council has no intention of selling the Memorial Hall - unless something equally suitable with wider use should become available at no cost to the Parish and the needs of current users of the Hall are met at least as well. 

Allotments
So long as the use of the land for allotments is viable the Parish should keep the land available for allotments. Should need diminish the land could become a public open space, providing its allotments status was retained so the Parish could reinstate the allotments at any time. 

Mill Lane Recreation Ground
An important open space for the village. It is well used and its proximity to the houses makes it key to village life. It provides an opportunity for the young to play in the open air and should therefore be retained.  The Parish Council has no intention of selling Mill Lane Recreation Ground - unless something equally suitable with wider use should become available at no cost to the Parish and the needs of current users of the Recreation Ground are met at least as well.

Old Cricket Field
Should be kept as green land. It provides a gap between the villages and is an important open space. The Parish Council should maintain its lease on the land for as long as it stands.

Poors Furze
The Parish Council should continue to rent this for as long as it is available. It is important to maintain an open space in Eastbury.

Cemeteries
Should be maintained. It is not the Parish Council's policy to re-use the ground. 

Archives
Should always be maintained and kept within the Parish.

Offers of open spaces
The Parish Council makes the presumption that, when offered, it should acquire new pieces of open space where there is financial or environmental benefit to the Parish.

THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT  

·         The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty around the village should be preserved.

·         The appearance of agricultural buildings should be sympathetic to the surroundings.

·         Landscaping and screening should be effective and appropriate.

·         An increased use of local materials - sarcens and flints - should be encouraged.

·         The Parish Council will look sympathetically on new technology and environmentally friendly developments.

·         Developments in recreation and leisure facilities should not harm the visual environment.

·         The Parish Council will always encourage best environmental practices.

Pollution

·         Lambourn Parish Council will always try to achieve the best possible anti-pollution practices wherever possible in terms of lighting, air, noise, water.

·         There should  be interceptors on drains to catch the oil off the roads before the water goes into the river.

·         Refer to the Institution of Lighting Engineers "Guidance Notes for the Reduction of Light Pollution" for best ways to minimise light pollution.

Energy

·         The Parish Council will encourage all energy efficient practices.

·         The Parish Council will consider all forms of alternative energy but is alert to the noise and visual impact of wind power generators. 

River Lambourn
No sewage should enter the river.
No encroachment to the river bed by development.
The Parish Council supports and encourages its designation as a cSAC and SSSI.

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Housing
General

·         The Parish Council will resist any extensions to the village envelope.

·         All new housing must be within the village envelope.

·         It is the policy of the Parish Council to favour small developments of less than 10 houses. There should be no more major developments.

New developments

·         Developments should have amenity areas and playing facilities.

·         Future maintenance of all amenity spaces and provisions should be ensured by the developer lodging a bond with the District Council.

·         Any development should provide a mix of size and type of property. Social housing developments should be provide a mix of size, type and tenure.

·         Social housing should be tied to local need.

·         All developments should provide sufficient off street parking for every property.

·         Housing developments should provide employment opportunities in appropriate circumstances.

·         Modern buildings must be sympathetic and protect the rural character.

·         House extensions should be in keeping with existing material.

·         More local materials should be used (sarcens and flints).

·         No flat roofs.

·         The Parish Council would consider applications for individual houses that are not conventional on an individual plot but not on an estate.

·         The Parish Council will only recommend approval for mobile homes for a limited period on a "need" basis.

·         The Parish Council will encourage energy efficient designs, such as solar roofs, blinds on outside of windows for energy.

·         Refer to the Institution of Lighting Engineers "Guidance Notes for the Reduction of Light Pollution" for best ways to minimise light pollution.


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Industry

·         There should be more employment opportunities in the Parish for local people.

·         The Parish Council will encourage a diversity of light industry, labour intensive business and commerce, where the effects are not contrary to other policies.

·         The Parish Council will not encourage any activities that will adversely affect the racing industry.

·         With all applications the Parish Council will consider the traffic implications from both staff and lorries.

·         Industries that will help the local economy will be encouraged.

·         The Parish Council will support the change of use of home buildings to offices where appropriate and where the scale and nature of the business is not detrimental to the neighbouring area.

Membury

·         The Parish Council will encourage the efficient use of the currently designated industrial area, particularly development and redevelopment with a specific emphasis on significant employment. It will consider supporting all applications provided traffic, environmental factors and visual impact are acceptable.

·         Lambourn Parish council will discourage development in areas not currently designated.

·         Any change of use in the Membury Business Park must fit traffic, environmental and visual impact criteria.

·         Lowesden - satisfactory re-use of buildings to be encouraged. The Parish Council will discourage parking which causes visual impact. Planning applications should have adequate parking provision behind the buildings - not visible from the road.

·         The Parish Council will not support any unnecessary illuminated signs at Membury or the Service Area.

·         The Parish Council will not support any applications for more galvanised masts.

·         Refer to the Institution of Lighting Engineers "Guidance Notes for the Reduction of Light Pollution" for best ways to minimise light pollution.


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AGRICULTURE

·         The Parish Council will generally not support any application to take agricultural land out of agriculture or any change of use of agricultural land to recreational or amenity land.

·         The Parish Council will lobby to be consulted on all 'agricultural planning applications' that currently require agricultural consent and are therefore not sent to LPC for comment.

·         Applications for agricultural consent should satisfy all other building criteria set out above.

·         The Parish Council would prefer to see existing buildings being converted or re-used, rather than redeveloped. For either conversion or redevelopment please refer to the flow diagrams attached.

·         Applications for residential buildings on the grounds of agricultural need must have an agricultural tie.


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RACING AND EQUINE

General

·         Racing is of fundamental importance to the village - employment/shops/transport.

·         There should always be a mix of yards.

·         All racing establishments should have adequate provision for getting horses out of the yard in case of fire.

·         All racing establishments should have adequate provision for storage and removal of waste, storage of feed, parking for staff, horse boxes and visitors, within the curtilage of the yard.

·         Lambourn Parish Council will not generally support any application to take land out of racing, or any change of use of that land.

·         Refer to the Institution of Lighting Engineers "Guidance Notes for the Reduction of Light Pollution" for best ways to minimise light pollution.

Accommodation

·         If a racing yard includes residential accommodation any plan to remove such accommodation will not be supported.

·         The Parish Council will normally support an application for additional residential accommodation, subject to demonstrable need and the use of the property being tied to the yard.

·         Any new training establishment should include residential accommodation for supervision and for stable staff. The use of all such accommodation should be tied to the new establishment.

Siting of new yards

·         New yards must have access to gallops and permission to use them.

·         The style and siting of new developments must not unacceptably damage the character and appearance of an area.

·         New training facilities must have suitable access by road.

·         Where possible there should be horse track improvements as planning gain.

Existing yards

·         Any change of use of existing yards - taking them out of racing - will not normally be supported.

·         The Parish Council will not support any development which would adversely affect the operation of existing yards.

·         If change of use were permitted it should be on the grounds that a new yard should be built - box for box.

Re-use of existing agricultural buildings

·         The Parish Council would only support the re-use of existing agricultural buildings where current structures provide for sufficient accommodation together with stabling.

·         There must already be existing residential accommodation. 

Training grounds

·         The Parish Council would not support any proposal which would adversely affect the use or appearance of any training grounds/gallops.

·         New training grounds must be suitably located, with appropriate off-road access from yards.

·         New training grounds would not be supported if they had a detrimental visual impact.

·         New training grounds would be encouraged if they were tied to a location where there was an existing need. 

Recreational Equines
The Parish Council will recommend that any new stabling etc. should be tied to the property, and to recreational use.

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INFRASTRUCTURE  

Services

·         Police - Parish Council to do everything possible to preserve and enhance the existing service.

·         Fire service - must be kept within the village.

·         Ambulance - There is no longer a station at Hungerford. Do everything to protect and enhance the existing service.

·         Post Office - Without any other banking facilities in the village it is essential to maintain this service - particularly the Girobank element.

·         Health Service - Currently a very good service within the Parish. Important to maintain and encourage this to continue to be the case.

·         Schools - Encourage the retention of the nursery and pre-school provision in the Parish.

Utilities

·         Water - Continue to encourage an improved service, and an enhanced service in a timely manner, if more houses are to be built.

·         Electricity - Maintain the standard and extend as required with new developments.

·         Gas - Encourage the extension of the mains supply.

·         Waste Water - Encourage improvements.  A written justification should be demanded form Thames Water for any new development that they state they have capacity for.  They should need to demonstrate adequate capacity/supply.

·         Surface & Foul Water - The Parish Council will encourage improvements and press for adequacy. 

·         Recycling - Encourage all initiatives that lead to recycling.

·         Waste Incineration - To be encouraged so long as it is not to the detriment of other policies. 


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Recreation and Leisure

·         General - New initiatives should not harm or pollute the visual environment and should not have a detrimental effect on the neighbouring area.

·         Education - Support the introduction of evening/day classes with an identified need.

·         Cultural - Art galleries, museums, and cultural developments should be supported by the Parish Council.

·         Tourism - Parish Council should support small tourism initiatives that do not significantly affect the well-being and peace of the village.