Client: Tandridge District Council
Tibbalds was appointed to produce Character Assessments and Design Guides for two areas of Tandridge, a rural district in Surrey. Harestone and Woldingham each have their own distinctive character, with an attractive environment created particularly by the quality of landscape.
Both places are under pressure through infill and piecemeal redevelopment of existing residential plots. The Council was concerned that it did not have appropriate design policies in place to ensure that new development respects the specific local characteristics of each place.
With the localism agenda emerging, the Council saw an opportunity to work with local communities to develop guidance for future development proposals. We worked closely with representatives of the Parish Council to analyse each place as a whole and to identify their distinctive qualities and characteristics. From this evidence base, we prepared design guidelines, which were tested in workshops with Parish representatives and Council planning officers.
The two guides have been adopted as Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) and have helped to provide the basis for the designation of Areas of Special Residential Character.