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«Iwerne Minster from the north east (Tower Hill) To protect, maintain and enhance the village environment, its surroundings and the quality of life ...»

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People choose to live here because of that quality of tranquillity and rural charm that comes from living so close to the countryside.

Residents and visitors alike enjoy the appearance of the thatched cottages and old architectural styles that have shaped the village since the 12th century. That is certainly not to say that there is no place for contemporary architecture but it is important that it is not allowed to overwhelm the present feeling of history and charm that the people who live in Iwerne Minster value so much.

The Parish Plan of 2006 (which should be read in conjunction with this design statement) recorded the aspirations of residents for their village and a resident’s comment that “Iwerne Minster is great the way it is” reflects what people really want.

Change is, of course, inevitable but it should be accepted and managed for what it is – an opportunity for improvement and not the destruction of what people hold dear.

The quality of life for existing residents is important and it is hoped that this document will help future developers, Planning Officers and Members of Councils to understand the character of Iwerne Minster and to protect the village from unsuitable and unsympathetic development that does not compliment the existing buildings.

In summary the aim of this document has been:To protect, maintain and enhance the village environment, its surroundings and enhance the quality of life for the people who live here.

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10.0 PROCEDURES AND PRACTICES The design guidelines outlined in Section 8 all comply with and/or support the existing North Dorset District-Wide Local Plan (1st Revision) that was adopted in January 2003.

As mentioned in Section 1 the Local Plan will be replaced by the New Plan for North Dorset in the next few years.

For all planning applications a Planning Officer will visit the site to become fully aware of the local character and landscape setting and will consider how any proposed development would impact on the neighbouring amenity. If properties are listed or located in the Conservation Area a Conservation Officer will also visit the site and forward their comments and recommendations to the planning officer responsible for the application.

The Parish Council are notified of all applications within the parish boundaries and any that are close to the parish boundaries but in neighbouring parishes. They are sent a copy of each planning application and supporting materials. The opinion and recommendation of the Parish Council is taken into consideration when the planning officers make their recommendation. The Planning Officer also seeks advice from the County Highway Engineer, Tree Officers and Natural England where necessary.

All local residents can comment on planning applications. To view the plans you can either contact the Parish Clerk or visit the Council Offices in Blandford Forum where the planning register is held. A list of planning applications to be considered by the Parish Council is displayed on the village notice board.

Many planning applications will include a Design and Access Statement and this provides further information on the materials to be used and construction methods and techniques. Where trees are identified on a site a detailed Tree Survey and arboreal report are also required.

For further information on development control practices and applying for planning permission please see the North Dorset District Council website www.dorsetforyou.com/397161

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11.0 RECOMMENDATIONS The main recommendations resulting from the VDS process are the guidelines outlined in Section 8. However there are two additional recommendations that the residents of Iwerne Minster would like the Council to consider.

The first is to consider placing a second Article 4 Direction on the Conservation Area that would remove permitted development rights for replacement windows. Residents were particularly concerned about the impact UPVC windows were having on the character and appearance of the village. By removing permitted development rights for replacement windows, control would be exercised through planning applications and ensure that such new windows and doors would be sensitive and sympathetic to the character of the village.

The second recommendation is that the boundaries of the Conservation Area are reviewed to include listed buildings particularly at the top of Dunns Lane / Tower Hill where a listed property lies outside the boundary.

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12.0 REFERENCES The Iwerne Minster Parish Plan 2006.

North Dorset District Council Planning Guidance Note of March 2007 “Adopting Village & Town Design Statements as Supplementary Planning Documents” North Dorset District Council Planning Guidance Note May 2007 “Parish Planning in North Dorset – Developing a proactive dialogue” “Iwerne Minster, Before, During and after the Great War” edited by P. Anderson Graham (1923) with authorised extracts from Thomas Hardy, O.M. and Heywood Sumner FSA.

Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset, Vol. Iv – North – Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (1972) The Town and Village design statements of Sturminster Newton & Child Okeford.

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