We are sharing following 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 public spaces.
Resident surveys undertaken for the Neighbourhood Plan and responses to Ashford Borough Council consultation on 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. Some views are looking outward whilst others are looking towards landmark features such as the North Downs or the Crown above Wye.
Residents also highlighted the importance of being able to access the countryside easily. 92% of respondents to the Neighbourhood Plan Survey 2016 said it was either important or very important to be able to walk from their home into the countryside.
Important public views are also identified and described in the Parish Design Statement which was also subject to public consultation prior to its adoption and publication in 2003.
It is recognised that there are a significant number of views across beautiful countryside within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which covers much of the parish. It is impossible to list them all. Rather, it is important to protect and enhance the natural beauty more generally whilst protecting the footpaths which allow access to it.
A number of important views were identified during the course of public consultation at meetings held in the three community halls in the parish and in the household survey conducted in 2016.
Members of the Steering Group undertook field surveys to assess the views put forward. The identified views were examined in more detail, in particular where those views formed an integral part of the village character areas or approach/setting.
Criteria used for defining important public view
The Steering Group first 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 access such as a churchyard. They were carefully recorded and mapped and assessed using set criteria consistently.
All views fell into two principal groups:
- Those views looking outwards from the built up area which contribute to the distinctive character and/or heritage of the settlement; and
- Those views looking towards the settlement at landmark features which contribute to the distinctive character and/or heritage of the settlement approach and setting.
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:
Views looking out from settlements
a) Important to the character 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 approach and setting
e) Important view of landmark feature such as a listed building or woodland
f) Valued by local residents (survey evidence)
Views from countryside towards settlements
g) Important to the character and setting of the Conservation Area
h) Important to the setting of a listed building
i) Important to a Character Area
j) Important to the settlement approach and setting
k) Important view of landmark feature, such as a listed building or woodland
l) Valued by local residents (survey and consultation evidence)
Important Views Assessment
The appendices map the location of the important public views.*
Description of view
Reason for importance of view
|Agricultural views across the Stour Valley and towards the North Downs|
|1||From Eastwell Towers at the eastern end of Sandyhurst Lane/the junction of Trinity Road and Faversham Road looking east – a panoramic view of the North/Wye Downs and the Crown above Wye.||b, d, e, f|
|2||Along the A251 Faversham Road travelling north entering Boughton Lees looking east – views across open fields to Wye and the North/Wye Downs.||g, j, i, k, l|
|3||To the east and west of the A28 Canterbury Road for its entire length in the parish – views across open fields backed on both sides of the Great Stour flood plain by views to the North Downs. Views of Boughton Lees and Boughton Aluph to the west. Important to the approach and setting of the historic hamlet of Kempes Corner.||g, i, j, l|
|Views of Eastwell Park, Eastwell Manor, Eastwell Lake and woodland|
|4||Eastwell Towers – views of and through the gatehouse looking north across the farmland of Eastwell Park Estate towards the North Downs. (M reversed)||b, d, e, f|
|5||From the lane which runs from Lenacre Street to the main entrance to Eastwell Park Estate looking east – views of Eastwell Lake, St Mary the Virgin Church, Lake House and Eastwell Park. Also views to the south across farmland to Eastwell Towers.||h, k, l|
|6||From public footpath AE93 which runs from Challock looking south east approaching Boughton Lees – views of Eastwell Manor.||h, j, k l|
|7||From the A251 Faversham Road – framed by a gap 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.||a, b, c, d, f|
|From the eastern section of Sandyhurst Lane and 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, f|
|9||From Lenacre Street, Eastwell and public footpath AE207 which crosses Lenacre Hall Farm looking west towards Sandyacres and Westwell – views of playing fields, Tile Lodge Wood with the farmland and open countryside of Eastwell Park Estate beyond.||b, c, d, e, f|
|Views of and from the Village Green, Boughton Lees Conservation Area towards the North Downs on both sides of the Great Stour River Valley|
|10||To the east of village and from public footpath AE202 behind Pilgrim Cottage on The Lees, panoramic views of the farmland of the Boughton Lees Horticultural Valley, the Wye/North Downs and the Crown above Wye and across to parts of Ashford. Also views into the village from the footpath.||a, b, d, e, f
g, i, j, l
|11||To the north, panoramic views of orchards, the North Downs and King’s Wood.||a, b, d, e, f|
|12||To the west of the village and looking north west from footpath AE213 behind St Christopher’s Church, views of Eastwell Manor, Eastwell Park and the North Downs.||a, b, d, e, f|
|13||From public footpath AE213 approaching Boughton Lees looking east – views across open fields to west side of the village, Grade II listed Manor House with the North Downs beyond.||g, h, j, k, l|
|14||Views from public footpath AE195 looking west towards Grade I listed All Saints Church and the settlement of Boughton Aluph and north towards King’s Wood.||h, j, k, l|
|15||The southern approach to Goat Lees on the A251 Trinity Road and public footpath AU5 looking west across woodland and Ashford Golf Club to the North Downs beyond.||d, e, f|
* We have commissioned a set of maps to accompany the Important Public Views Assessment. These will be available here shortly. We apologise for the delay.
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