Proposed Aldeburgh Park Conservation Area and three proposed extensions to existing Aldeburgh Conservation Area

PURPOSE

We would like to hear your views on proposals to create a new Conservation Area at Aldeburgh Park and three extensions to the existing Aldeburgh Conservation Area. 

Since 1970, the existing Aldeburgh Conservation Area has helped to protect the special character of that part of the town. For the first time since 1998 we have now considered whether there are other parts of the town worthy of designation or having extensions added to the existing Conservation Area. We judge that Aldeburgh Park is worthy of a new Conservation Area designation; and that three areas of the town could be added to the existing Conservation Area. Please note that these are proposals only and a decision has not already been taken, which is why hearing your views is important. 

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GET INVOLVED

View the documents and make a comment below or visit the exhibition at the Old Generator Station, Kings Field, Aldeburgh on Wednesday 25 January 2023 between 2pm and 7pm. 

Please provide feedback by 5pm on Friday 17 February 2023

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NEXT STEPS

Your comments will be taken into account before Members of the Cabinet of the Council decide whether to make a new Conservation Area and extend the existing one. This will not be before June 2023 when a new post-election Council is formed. 

ABOUT THE AREAS

Aldeburgh Park

Following fieldwork to assess whether proposed areas justify Conservation Area status because of their special architectural or historic merit, we judge that Aldeburgh Park merits consideration for designation as a new Conservation Area. This is because of the high quality of the area principally derived from the residential development initiated in the 1870s and continued until the 1930s. It comprises large villas within generous plots in a planned layout focused on landscaping and gardens, to evoke the feeling of being within the countryside, rather than the seaside. The residential area is predominantly leafy and suburban, having been designed with the character of rural country lanes and garden villages, in contrast with the nearby seaside town of Aldeburgh, where the streets are straight, more closely spaced and frequently enclosed on two sides by narrow plots with tall buildings within them. Much of the character of the area derives from its curved layout complemented by the natural undulating landform. The gentle curves of the roads, lack of crossroads or right-angle junctions and ample planting throughout the estate provide its distinctive and very attractive character.

Extensions to the existing Aldeburgh Conservation Area

We judge that the three proposed extensions to the existing Aldeburgh Conservation Area have sufficient merit because:

Aldeburgh Lodge Gardens
This is a small area of land which includes a group of architecturally distinguished 1960s houses, developed within the grounds of the former Aldeburgh Lodge. These are good quality examples of small-scale development of this period and their Modernist architectural style is unusual within the town.

19th century suburb to west of High Street
This area comprises The Terrace, Fawcett Road, Lee Road, Park Lane, Beaconsfield Road, Hartington Road, Champion Road, Crespigny Road, Lee Road and Park Road. This area is notable as it demonstrates the 19th and 20th century suburban expansion of Aldeburgh, and within it are many residential buildings and streets that have retained their historic character and original architectural details and fittings. As such, the area as a whole is considered to be of good quality, with a well-preserved residential character, worthy of protection.

Slaughden to Martello Tower
This area extends to the south of the historic core of Aldeburgh, to take in Fort Green including areas of Brudenell Street, Crag Path, and High Street. It includes an area centred on the early 19th century former windmill and stretches down to take in the land up to and including the Grade II* listed Martello Tower CC. This area includes the beach and associated maritime uses of boatyards and sailing clubs which contribute importantly to Aldeburgh’s special character. This is akin to the protected riverside uses in the extended Woodbridge Conservation Area that include boatyards, a rowing club and sailing club and which are also integral to that town’s special character. 

Living in a Conservation Area

The effect of living in a conservation area on your property will include that:

  • The local planning authority is under a general duty to ensure the preservation and enhancement of conservation areas and a particular duty to prepare proposals to that end
  • Planning permission is required for the demolition of any unlisted building in the area; and the local authority or Secretary of State may take enforcement action or institute a criminal prosecution if permission is not obtained
  • Notice must be given to the local authority before works are carried out to trees in the area that are more than 75mm in diameter measured at 1.5 metres above ground level
  • The details of the limits of what works may be carried out without planning permission are different, for example extensions to side elevations, satellite dishes, curtilage buildings, re-cladding, additions or alterations to a roof
  • Extra publicity is given to planning applications affecting conservation areas
  • The planning authority is to take into account the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of the conservation area when determining such applications.

Trees in Conservation Areas
Most trees in Conservation Areas are protected. They make a very important contribution to the character of Aldeburgh Park, where some have individual Tree Preservation Orders. Where that is the case, TPO legislation takes precedence over Conservation Area legislation. There are also four Area Orders in Aldeburgh Park which date from between 1969 and 1982. As these Orders only protect trees that were present at the time that the order was served, Conservation Area designation will protect those trees that have been planted since.

What are unlisted buildings that make a positive contribution?
We have identified buildings within the proposed Conservation Area and proposed extensions that are categorised as ‘unlisted buildings that make a positive contribution’. These are buildings or structures that are not protected by statutory listing but are considered to make a positive contribution to the character or appearance of the Conservation Area because of their good quality. Identifying these as positive unlisted buildings means that extra care will be taken when considering development proposals that would affect them. Demolition of a positive unlisted building would be viewed unfavourably. The owners of properties identified in this way, however, would still have the same permitted development rights to make changes to their properties as any other unlisted buildings within the Conservation Area, such as changing windows and doors. 

Timeline

  • Opened
    9 Jan 2023 at 09:00
  • Closes
    17 Feb 2023 at 17:00

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Details

Contact Details

If you have any questions please contact the Design and Conservation Team: 

Email: conservation.consultation@eastsuffolk.gov.uk
Phone: 01394 444610
Post:

East Suffolk Council, Design and Conservation Team
Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0EQ