Village Design Statement

What is a Village Design Statement?

2005  – Still Relevant.

We all agree that Bathford is unique, but what makes it special? Some features can be easily identified as being part of the parish, but also a huge variety of details contribute to its unique quality.
All villages grow and evolve and what we see now in the Parish is probably very different from the shape and form of the original settlement.
To appreciate how Bathford may evolve in the future it is important to consider how it has changed over the years. Most changes are probably recent and many people feel that ‘change is always bad’ but this is not always the case if it is carefully managed. In many ways Bathford must be able to change if it is to stay ‘alive’.

Of course some aspects of the village are precious and must be preserved as a matter of course. Listed Building Protection, Tree Preservation Orders and Conservation Area Status give statutory protection to certain structures and landscape deemed worthy of special conservation.
The most important thing is that any future change needs to be managed to protect our local distinctiveness from erosion.

This Village Design Statement describes the qualities and characteristics of Bathford that are appreciated and valued by the residents and the purpose of the Village Design Statement is to help manage change whether it be major development or small scale alterations.
The aim of this Village Design Statement is to raise awareness of what is special about Bathford so that future changes can be carried out in harmony with the village setting both contributing to and, where possible, enhancing the local environment.

The Village Design Statement, which has a wealth of detail on the Parish, has been approved and copies can be viewed in the Parish Office or available for sale to cover printing costs. As the full original document is 64 colour pages it was too large until now to place on the website but it has now been split into sections for ease of access.

The introduction covers the whole of the Parish of Bathford and then each area has its own more detailed report.

Introductory Statement – pp1-18 (5342Kb)

Ostlings Lane – pp19-21 (842Kb)
Bathford Hill and Village Green – pp22-25.pdf (1083Kb)
Church St and Pump Lane – pp26-29.pdf (518Kb)
Dovers Park and Mountain Wood – pp30-33.pdf (2132Kb)
High St and Prospect Place – pp34-37 (2851Kb)
Ashley Rd, Titan Barrow and New Rd – pp38-41 (2691Kb)
Garstons – pp42-43 (1669Kb)
Meadow Park and Box Rd – pp44-47 (2081Kb)
By Brook, Railway and Eastern Parish – pp48-51 (3880Kb)
Manor Drive area – pp52-54 (676Kb)
Shockerwick – pp55-57 (2549Kb)
Warleigh – pp58-60 (1341Kb)
Brownes Folly reserve – pp61-63 (3018Kb)

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Parish Council – Notice of Election

Elections for the Parish Council and BANES Ward Councillors will take place on 2nd May, the polling station is the Community Rooms on Mountain Wood as usual. An election at Parish level is dependant on more than 11 candidates standing for the Parish Council, otherwise it would not be contested with all nominated persons taking a seat. The Parish Council would like to thanks our Ward Councillors; Alison Millar, Geoff Ward and Martin Veal for all the work they done for the parish. Parish Council Election Notice 


Message from Parish Hall Management Committee 

Dear Parish Hall Users, If you live in the village you will know that the Parish Hall Committee are planning to replace the roof. The roof is approximately 100 years old and showing signs of deterioration, and also contains 5% Chrysotile asbestos. It was originally planned to carry out the work by a specialists Contractor during the summer school holidays, however, a large proportion of the funds raised ( 60,000 pounds) has to be paid before July, so the new start date was brought forward to cover the Easter Holiday (April 1 – 25). I understand today that the Contractor has requested an earlier start date of 25th March to erect scaffolding and completely tent the whole building. During the first week (25th – 29th March) the hall will be out of bounds during the day but can be used in the evening. Thereafter, nobody will be allowed to pass through the gate. Sincere apologies for the short notice and disruption caused. I am making inquiries with the RBL/Village Club, Mountain Wood Community Room (Polling Station) and the Church for possible alternative venues. Please contact me if you are interested.   M Wright Chairman Parish Hall Committee.


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