PPS 6: Planning, Archaeology and The Built Heritage
Annex A: Floorscape, Road Signs and Street Lighting
A8 Floorscape and street furniture make a vital contribution to the appearance of conservation areas and other areas of townscape importance. Wherever possible the Department will seek to retain traditional stone surfaces, features and layouts, while consideration will be given to their re-introduction where there is historical evidence to support this, it meets modern day requirements and resources permit. Where new surfacing is proposed the texture, colour and laying patterns of any new materials should be sympathetic to the areas appearance and its historic integrity. Small block paviors and arbitrary patterns of paving will normally be avoided. Where a street is to be pedestrianised in a historic area, a single wall-to-wall surface will often be unsuitable. In providing for new level surfaces consideration will therefore be given to the use of appropriate contrasting, textured or coloured materials to define the lines of the traditional street.
A9 Road signs and markings can also have a significant impact on the appearance of streets. The Department will therefore take into account the character and quality of conservation areas and other areas of townscape importance in the location and design of traffic signs and ensure that there is no unnecessary duplication of signs or posts.
A10 The selection of street lighting equipment appropriate to the age and character of its surroundings is also important in historic areas. Off-the-peg “period” columns and lanterns are not universally appropriate. In certain cases the Department may consider the use of special designs reflecting established local styles or motifs, but alternatively simple modern designs are often preferable.