Future Development

New housing

In submitting proposals for new houses or a new development, architects and designers should take account of the scale and characteristics of adjoining buildings and those in the vicinity. The "palette" of materials, colours and components, such as doors and windows, should be used sparingly while reflecting existing styles. Sites should be laid out to permit a reasonable level of tree and shrub planting. The meandering linear form of the villages should be retained. In-filling should be sympathetic to existing buildings and the surrounding areas.

FD1be small in scale with low density
FD2sit well within the recognised policy boundaries, or development frontages
FD3be designed to be compatible with the characteristics of adjoining buildings
FD4incorporate architectural features that reflect existing styles
FD5recognise and make provision for the absence within the parish of utility services such as mains gas, mains drainage and surface water drainage
FD6incorporate tree and shrub planting proposals as appropriate and ensure the retention of those that exist where they make an important contribution to the environment
FD7avoid disturbing or obscuring landscape views that have existed for generations
FD8be designed to ensure safe pedestrian and vehicular access
FD9ensure that roads do not need to be widened or straightened

Low cost affordable housing

The Micheldever Parish Appraisal 2000 Report revealed an urgent need for more low-cost affordable housing. If sites can be found for low cost housing they should be on small plots in closely related units, with a design and layout sympathetic to its immediate surroundings. The objective should be to ensure the development will be readily assimilated into its village or hamlet.

FD10ensure properties are designed to prevent extension at a later date on a scale that could result in the loss of the original purpose
FD11be located on small plots in closely related units
FD12be designed in a style that is sympathetic to its immediate surroundings

Commercial premises

It is anticipated that any proposals to develop business premises will be small-scale. The re-use of redundant agricultural buildings fo light industrial use (such as those at Park Hill Farm, West Stratton) is an option in a rural parish and it is anticipated this will be the only form of commercial development that will be undertaken in the foreseeable future. The conversion or re-use of such buildings should be in a manner reflecting the rural characteristics of their surroundings.

Wherever possible, any new proposals should encourage rural employment opportunities.

FD13conform with the character of existing buildings and the local environment
FD14ensure the siting of power, telephone and similar services is underground
FD15ensure light and noise pollution is minimised


Traffic signs and road nameplates should:
FD16be used sparingly to prevent visual clutter, particularly in the conservation areas
FD17be supplied in a "traditional" rural style, particularly in the conservation areas

Overhead power and telephone lines should:
FD18whenever possible be sited (or re-sited) underground, particularly within the conservation areas of Micheldever and East Stratton and in areas with outstanding landscape views
FD19electricity and telephone companies should be encouraged to share their poles
FD20visually intrusive gantries on the railway line and railway embankment should be avoided or sympathetically sited within the tree lines

New mobile phone masts, where possible, should:
FD21be shared between phone providers
FD22be made unobtrusive by siting within tree lines

Light pollution
FD23external lighting of properties should be limited to the minimum required for security and working purposes and the source of lighting should not be visible from the public highway.

Noise pollution should:
FD24be an important consideration when the surfacing/re-surfacing of major roads is planned close to the villages, and a noise inhibiting material should be used