Policy SPS5.13: 16 Southern Road

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Policy SPS5.13:  16 Southern Road

The site, as shown on the Policies Map, is allocated for a well designed and sustainable development that will:

  1. Make provision for approximately 9 homes;
  2. Be in accordance with the principles of the Concept Plan;
  3. Ensure a safe, suitable and convenient access is provided for all users, whilst maintaining the safe and unhindered operation of Southern Road and the existing pedestrian crossing/raised table upon the southern frontage of this site;
  4. Respond positively to, and take opportunities to enhance, the characteristics of the site and wider area through the siting, density, scale, layout, character and hard and soft landscaping of the development and have due regard to the amenity of neighbouring properties;
  5. Housing along the Southern Road frontage should be no more than 2-storeys in height;
  6. Include measures to avoid and mitigate the impact of development upon key species and habitats and enhance habitat connectivity. The development will provide a minimum 10% biodiversity net gain together with a site management plan;
  7. Preserve or enhance the significance, setting, character and appearance of the Basingstoke Town Centre and Fairfields Conservation Areas through the protection of views to and from those conservation areas;
  8. Preserve the significance, and setting, of listed buildings, including the Grade II listed All Saints Church through the siting, scale, layout and character of development; .
  9. Opportunities should be taken to better reveal the significance, including the setting, of heritage assets in the vicinity of the site, taking due account of important vistas and views;
  10. Ensure that the development of the site does not prejudice the development of the Local Plan allocation site to the immediate north at 65 New Road; and
  11. Ensure that acceptable noise standards can be met through suitable mitigation measures in light of the proximity of the site to road traffic.
6.155 The small site is allocated for approximately 9 homes. The development of the site provides an opportunity to contribute to the repair of the slightly fragmented arrangement of buildings in the locality, resulting in an improvement to the setting of Fairfields Conservation Area to the immediate south and the wider streetscene. It will be important to ensure that the proposal is sympathetic to the character of the area and has due regard to the amenity of neighbouring properties, such as the sheltered housing to the west, in terms of issues such as overlooking, outlook, and access to natural light. The siting and massing of the development should not prejudice the development of the Local Plan allocation site to the immediate north at 65 New Road.
6.156 Given the narrow width of Southern Road (a one-way street) and the limited room for highway users to be able to pass each other (without mounting the footways) as well as the close proximity of the uncontrolled pedestrian crossing/raised table across Southern Road, the proposals for developing this site (including the access and servicing arrangements), will need to ensure that these do not hinder the safe operation of Southern Road, including the existing pedestrian crossing/raised table.
6.156 The site has the potential to be contaminated due to its former use as a builders yard and now as a car repair garage. Some remedial measures may be required to ensure that any identified contamination does not pose an unacceptable risk to human health. Pre-commencement contaminated land conditions would be required as part of any planning permission.
6.158 Currently, the site has no or negligible ecological interest and its redevelopment presents an opportunity to create measurable net gains for biodiversity. The redevelopment will need to demonstrate that a 10% biodiversity net gain is achievable on site.
6.159 The site is located immediately to the north of Fairfields Conservation Area, which includes some notable buildings on the south side of Southern Road which lie directly opposite the allocation site. In heritage terms, All Saints Church (Grade II listed), is one of the most important buildings within the conservation area, lying at the western end of Southern Road. The character of the conservation area should help to inform the design of proposals, and the redevelopment provides an important opportunity to enhance the setting of the conservation area. Consideration should be given to new housing providing a frontage along Southern Road in keeping with the historic pattern of development along this street. Housing along the Southern Road frontage should be restricted to 2-storeys in height in order to have regard to the character of the adjoining Conservation Area. 
6.160 Provided that an acceptable scheme can be negotiated, it is envisaged that housing could be delivered within the first five years of the Plan period. 

Figure 6.14: SPS5.13:  16 Southern Road Concept Plan

Map - 16 Southern Road Concept Plan

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