Conservation areas and sensitive landscapes
We are lucky to live and work in such a wonderful part of the world and we are committed to keeping it that way.
Vast swathes of the South Hams are rightfully protected by various planning policies that attempt to ensure that any development carried out should enhance and preserve Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, town and village Conservation Areas and Coastal Protection Areas.
Whether your site or building is in these protected areas or not, we adopt the same principles in our sensitive approach to all design work. However, sensitivity does not need to restrict design flair or creativity and on appropriate buildings or appropriate sites, contemporary solutions using traditional and locally distinctive materials are welcomed by Planning Officers and Planning Inspectors alike should appeals be necessary.
In many cases, a contrasting approach can sucessfully emphasise the architectural qualities of a particular building without competing with existing detailing and styles and can enhance the diversity of our wider built environment and 'enliven' streetscenes.
Our philosophy is that stock design solutions should be avoided and 'photofit' architecture is inappropriate ~ all new work should be site specific.
Many villages within the South Hams district have a clear Conservation Appraisal and Management Plan in place prepared in consultation with the residents of those communities ~ any proposed work will be considered against the overall aims and objectives of the plan. These documents can be viewed and/or downloaded from SHDC using the links in the 'Useful Information' section.