Planning permission will not be granted for development that would result in the loss of either listed buildings, or the buildings or structures of character appearing on the Gateway List as set out in Appendix C of the Plan.
Development affecting the heritage assets within Arlesey must pay special regard to the need to conserve and enhance their settings and any special architectural or historic features of significance.
The Neighbourhood Plan area has 10 listed buildings and scheduled ancient monuments, of which the St Peter’s Church is Grade I listed:
- Church Farmhouse – Grade II
- Church of Saint Peter – Grade I
- Waterloo Farmhouse, Stotfold Road – Grade II
- Corner Thatch, Church Lane – Grade II
- The Three Tuns (former) Public House, High Street – Grade II
- The Granary, approximately 20 metres south west of Moorlands Farmhouse – Grade II
- Cluny Cottage, High Street – Grade II
- Gothic Farmhouse, High Street – Grade II
- Green Farmhouse, Hitchin Road – Grade II
- Onion drying shed, approximately 20 metres south of Waterloo Farmhouse – Grade II
There are also a series of other non-listed buildings which are of local historical importance and contribute greatly to the history and character of the town. Historic England, in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council, have collated the records for a series of sites of local historic importance on their Heritage Gateway record, which references local and national records on the historic environment. A list is included in Appendix B.
The Neighbourhood Plan engagement revealed that local people were keen to protect local buildings deemed important to the local community, because of their architecture and/or historical significance (see map below). Some of these appear on Historic England’s Historic Gateway list, while others do not.
The best way to ensure heritage is protected is through good design, in particular with regard to build scale, form, massing, setback and materials. There is already legislation, borne out in national and local planning policies, which seeks to protect the character of listed buildings from inappropriate development.
This policy seeks to extend this protection to non-listed heritage assets of local importance. It seeks to protect them from detrimental impacts of development. There will be a strong presumption against the loss of those buildings and monuments appearing on the list and developments which result in this will be refused