Elmbridge Borough Council is proposing to designate a new conservation area in Weybridge. In recognition of the unique 1960s built Templemere Estate, the Council has produced a Character Area Appraisal and Management Plan consultation document and is keen to hear the views of local residents and organisations.
A conservation area is defined as, “an area of special interest; the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”. The character appraisal document provides written definition, analysis and appraisal of what makes an individual area special and identifies actions for protection and improvement. The final document will be used by planners and the local community as a basis for understanding the area, informing decision making, monitoring and management.
There are 25 conservation areas designated in Elmbridge and these include historic town centres at Esher and Weybridge, village greens at Giggs Hill in Thames Ditton and The Tilt in Cobham, a 1920s philanthropic retirement village at Whiteley Village, motor racing circuit at Brooklands and 17th century river navigation channels along the River Wey. Lakeside Drive in Esher was the first example of modern 20th century architecture which was awarded conservation area status by the Council in 2014.
Community involvement is an essential part of any appraisal and the consultation document has been produced as part of a collaborative process involving local residents, amenity and conservation societies and planning officers and was co-coordinated by heritage consultants. There is now a six-week period of public consultation, which will run from 5 December. The appraisal document is available to view on the Council’s website and printed copies can also be viewed in the reception area of the Civic Centre on Esher High Street.
Councillor Karen Randolph, Portfolio Holder for Planning Services said; “This is an exciting example of how the Council is recognising the unique and special character of an area created by relatively modern architecture. Templemere will be a valuable addition to the Borough’s conservation areas and I am particularly pleased to support this type of partnership work as part of the Council’s commitment to our community and environment.”