We are sharing our Important Public Views Assessment with you in draft so that you can add your comments.
One of the distinctive features of Boughton Aluph and Eastwell parish is the visual connectivity with the surrounding countryside from the settlements and public footpaths.
Resident surveys undertaken for the Neighbourhood Plan and responses to Ashford Borough Council consultation on local planning applications have highlighted that residents value highly the visual connection between settlements and the surrounding countryside. In particular, this is a key characteristic of the Boughton Lees Conservation Area where the generous spacing between buildings enables key views from the village green to the Kent Downs and beyond.
Important public views in the parish were identified and described in the Parish Design Statement which was subject to public consultation prior to its adoption by Ashford Borough Council in 2003.
It is recognised that there are a significant number of views across the countryside, including within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which covers more than half of the parish. It is impossible to list them all. Rather, it is important to protect and enhance the character and natural beauty of the countryside more generally whilst protecting the footpaths which allow access to it. Thus, the focus of the Important Public Views Assessment is are those views of and from the defined settlements of Ashford and Boughton Lees which contribute to local character and amenity.
A number of important views were identified during the course of public consultation at meetings held at the three community halls in the parish and in the Neighbourhood Plan household survey held in 2016.
Members of the Steering Group undertook field surveys to assess the views put forward.
Criteria used for defining important public view
The Steering Group ensured that the views were public rather than private views and visible either from the public highway, public footpaths, bridleways, public open spaces or space to which the public has unfettered access. They were carefully recorded and mapped and assessed.
The reason for the importance of each view is established by assessing their role in relation to the character of the parish and local heritage as follows:
a) Important to the character and/or setting of the Conservation Area
b) Important to the setting of a listed building(s)
c) Important to a Character Area
d) Important to the settlement setting and/or approach
e) Important view of landmark feature such as a listed building; woodland; settlement or North Downs
f) Valued by local residents (survey and consultation evidence)
Important Public Views Assessment
The appendices map the location of the important public views.*
|Ref.||Description of view||Reason for importance of view|
|1||From Sandyhurst Lane adjacent to the entrance to Sandyacres Sports and Social Club, looking North West across grassland towards Tower Wood, Lenacre Street, with views over Lenacre ancient woodland.||c, d, f|
|2||From Sandyacres Sports and Social Club looking North and North East – far reaching views of the North Downs above the farmlands of Lenacre Hall Farm and Eastwell Park Estate.||c, d, e, f|
|3||From public footpath AE207 where it enters Lenacre Hall Farm looking South, views across farmland and the Sandyacres sports fields and over woodland towards The Warren, Hoads Wood and Godinton Park. And south-easterly towards the Ashford Town skyline.||c, d, f|
|4||From Sandyhurst Lane, adjacent to Lenacre Hall Farm buildings, looking North West over the farm gate, view across farmland and Eastwell Park Estate. The whole view framed by oak trees.||c, d, f|
|5||From the pavement on the Eastern side of the A251 Faversham Road between Eastwell Towers and Northern end of Trinity Road looking North East – a panoramic view of the North/Wye Downs and the Crown above Wye.||c, d, e, f|
|From the A251 Faversham Road at the entrance to Eastwell Manor framed by a gate in the Great Wall, views to the North West along the drive leading to Eastwell Manor lined with mature trees and bordered on both sides by open fields with the woodland of Rook Toll/Rectory Plantation to the South West and the roofline of Eastwell Manor to the North East.||b, d, e, f|
|7||From the West side of the village green, Boughton Lees (‘Gasworks Terrace’) looking South East, panoramic views of the farmland of the Boughton Lees Horticultural Valley, the Wye/North Downs, the Crown above Wye and across to parts of Ashford above and between dwellings on The Lees.||a, c, d, e, f|
|8||From the bus stop adjacent to Gardener’s House, Faversham Road, looking West, view of Eastwell Manor and Gardens, Eastwell Park and the North Downs.||a, b, c, d, e, f|
|9||From the North side of the village green, Boughton Lees looking North between Chestnut Lodge and The Flying Horse Inn, Wye Road view across orchards to the North Downs and King’s Wood.||a, b, c, d, e, f|
|10||From the North side of the village green, Boughton Lees looking North between The Flying Horse Inn and Anderida, Wye Road view across orchards of the North Downs and King’s Wood.||a, b, c, d, e, f|
|11||From the entrance to footpath AE202 between Pilgrim Cottage and Bumbles looking East, panoramic views of the farmland of the Boughton Lees Horticultural Valley (including the only oast house in the parish), the Wye/North Downs and the Crown above Wye and across to parts of Ashford.||a, b, c, d, e, f
|12||From the East side of the village green, Boughton Lees looking South East between Hobday Cottage and 4 Hobday Cottages, view of the farmland of the Boughton Lees Horticultural Valley, the Wye/North Downs and across to parts of Ashford.||a, b, c, d, e, f|
|13||From the War Memorial on the village green, Boughton Lees looking North, panoramic views of the North Downs and King’s Wood above and between the dwellings (including two listed properties) on Wye Road.||a, b, c, d, e, f|
* We have commissioned a set of maps to accompany the Important Public Views Assessment. These will be available here shortly.
Temporary maps and photographs can be viewed in the following PDF document.
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