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The video below will give you a summary of the appraisal
Why are we appraising the Conservation Area?
The historic core of the village of Sonning was designated a Conservation Areaby Berkshire County Council in 1971. A Sonning Conservation Area Study was undertaken in 1996, which identified opportunities for enhancement and improvement within the conservation area. While an informative and useful character study, the document lacked a management plan to address its list of aspirations, thus making it less effective as a tool for planning control. The Sonning Design Statement (2004) more successfully became a constructive tool for dealing with planning applications in the civil parish as a whole. Since the publication of the design statement, extensive and rapid changes to planning legislation have been implemented nationally making it both timely and appropriate to re-evaluate our Conservation Area. It is intended that the resulting document should be accepted by Wokingham Borough Council as supplementary planning guidance. We are pleased that the Borough has been very supportive of the combined efforts of the Parish Council and the Sonning & Sonning Eye Society in taking this assessment forward.
The assessment is being co-ordinated by Sonning Parish Council (Pat Doyle) and the Sonning & Sonning Eye Society (Mike Hart) with support from Diana Coulter and Brian O’Callaghan.
Over the spring and summer of 2012 teams of surveyors examined the Conservation Area, which was divided into five zones:
- A From the Bridge north east along the River onto the University Farm, and Charvil Lane to the mini-roundabout
- B Sonning Lane & Pearson Road
- C Pound Lane
- D Thames Street
- E From the Bridge south west along the Thames Path to the edge of Blue Coat School land; the churchyard and the High Street
The surveyors’ findings have been pulled into the core of a document for public consultation by Louise Ryan, a recent graduate from the University of Reading.