Our Parish Council represents
the most local tier of government, and in this village it is non
political. Elections are held every four years. It is supported
financially by a precept levied on all Council Tax payers.
Bosham Village design statement:
A Bosham Village Design Statement describes the essential
characteristics of our village, those that are worth keeping and what
changes are acceptable. It should thus take some of the subjectivity out
of planning decisions. Before seeking adoption the draft document will
be given the widest possible exposure for public consultation and it is
now planned that this should take place between 1st April and 13th May
to allow for maximum involvement.
Bosham Parish Council is seeking responses from Bosham residents to a
draft Village Design Statement. It has been drawn up a team of
volunteers from the Parish Council and the Bosham Association, supported
by Chichester District Council's Design Team and Chichester Harbour
Conservancy. It is hoped that this will be adopted by Chichester
District Council as formal Supplementary Planning Guidance and be used
within the planning system. It will assist with the management of change
and will give detailed design guidance based on the distinctive
character of the Parish of Bosham.
Character change is not only brought about by new infill buildings or
large-scale developments, but also by multiple smaller-scale
developments and alterations such as domestic extensions or replacement
dwellings. These are, of course, currently scrutinized during the
planning process, but the Design Statement should give added guidance to
those who propose development or who may wish to object.
There are currently guidelines for the Conservation Area, which will be
brought up to date and included in the overall document. There are also
design guidelines published by the Conservancy for developments within
the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and these have been taken into
account in this new document which addresses the whole parish area.
Those wishing to view and possibly comment upon the
text may find it in
.pdf format here (large file)
In addition to the text, there will be maps showing how the parish is
divided into different character areas. Photographs illustrating each of
seven character areas by which the village has been described may be
found in the ‘Picasa’ files also reached via these WebPages.
Please email any comments on the draft to:
by 13th May 2011.
Dick Pratt. April 1 2011