Derry Area Plan 2011
Built Environment: Proposals/Policies (Page 4 of 4)
The Department will protect the following historic gardens, parks and demesnes within the Derry District:
Ashbrook, Beech Hill, Brook Hall and Brooke Park (see Maps HG1, HG2 and HG3 Appendix 4). Development in or adjacent to these historic gardens, parks and demesnes will normally be refused planning permission where it is likely to have an adverse effect on:
- the quality and character of such estates or demesnes,
- formal or informal gardens;
- landscaped parkland;
- historic buildings and other buildings or features of character within such estates including historic boundary walls; and the setting of any estate, gardens, parkland or associated buildings.
The planned landscaping associated with these estates makes a positive and important contribution to the quality of the local landscape. The Department’s
Environment and Heritage Service is compiling a Register of Historic Gardens, Parks and Demesnes and has identified the following sites in the District for inclusion in the Register: Ashbrook, Beech Hill, Brook Hall and Brooke Park. A description of these sites with accompanying maps is contained in Appendix 4.
The Department has also identified a Supplementary List of Gardens, Parks and Demesnes containing elements of their original form (see Appendix 4). These make a significant contribution locally to the landscape. Where development is approved within sites on the Supplementary List, the Department may require evaluation and recording to be undertaken which will ensure that our knowledge of this part of our landscape heritage is not lost.
The needs of people with disabilities will be taken into consideration in the determination of planning applications for the development of buildings to which the public have access.
The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (NI) Act 1978 requires developers of specified types of buildings to provide suitable means of access, parking and toilet facilities to meet the needs of people with disabilities where practicable and reasonable. The types of buildings to which the Act applies are those open to the public such as shops, restaurants, hotels, places of entertainment, leisure and community buildings, places of employment and education buildings.
It will be expected that comprehensive access facilities will be incorporated in completely new developments, including extensions, as a matter of good design practice. In the case of existing buildings to be altered or refurbished, there will be a presumption that disabled access and facilities will be incorporated as far as possible. In the case of historic buildings, the incorporation of facilities needs to be considered with regard to safeguarding character and special architectural interest. When granting planning permission for buildings to which the public have access the Department will draw the attention of the prospective developers to the relevant provisions of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (NI) Act 1978 and the “Code of Practice for Access for the Disabled to Buildings”. Guidance for developers is given in the Department’s published Development Control Advice Note 11 entitled “Access for People with Disabilities”.
The Department designates Areas of Townscape Character at Victoria Park, Bonds Hill, Eglinton and Culmore (see Maps BE 3, BE 4, BE 5 and BE 6):
These areas are also identified on the Central Area Map 3 and the individual Village Maps. The purpose of designation is to protect and enhance these areas by controlling the design of development which will be acceptable within them.
Proposals likely to erode the individual quality and character of these areas will not normally be permitted. When considering applications for development, as well as applying the general Plan policies, the Department will require that proposals are in accordance with the criteria set out in the development guidelines (see below).
It is essential that new development reflects the context of existing historic development. Thus for example, standard suburban design layouts or the use of inappropriate materials are unlikely to be acceptable in these areas. In assessing proposals, the Department will give priority to the need to enhance and maintain the existing character. An outline of the character of these areas is provided in Appendix 5.
Development guidelines for the Areas of Townscape Character referred to in Policy BE 12:
- conversions, where appropriate, will only be acceptable where they do not adversely impact on the external appearance of the building;
- proposals likely to involve a loss of important architectural and historic features will be resisted;
- the general height, scale and massing of buildings in the area shall be maintained. Exceptions to this may include the removal of poorly designed structures and buildings and providing the replacement scheme enhances the character of the area;
- proposals which involve a significant loss of important trees, wooded areas, gardens or landscape features will be resisted;
- proposals which generate the requirement for road realignment or widening and which significantly alter the character of the area or which are likely to significantly increase the proportion of hard surfacing in front of existing properties will be resisted;
- the Department will normally give favourable consideration to proposals which rehabilitate existing derelict buildings and structures which are important in the street scene provided they are in accordance with other Plan policies;
- materials shall match or complement those characteristic of the historic development of the area. The use of high quality materials which reflect historic and architectural features is particularly important in preserving and enhancing the character of the area as a whole;
- boundary treatment should be characteristic of the historic growth of the areas.