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Mudeford Quay Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (Adopted May 2008)

This appraisal document aims to ensure that the essential character of Mudeford Quay is suitably protected and that future development is appropriate and sustainable.

The Mudeford Quay Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan was formally adopted on 21 May 2008 and will be a material consideration when determining planning applications.

The adopted version is available for download from the right hand side of this page. To minimise file size, maps are provided separately from the main document.

A copy can be viewed at Christchurch Civic Offices on Bridge Street during normal working hours (8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45am to 4.45pm on Friday). It can also be purchased at a cost of £14 (printed and bound) or £1 (CD) plus postage and packaging by contacting the Planning Policy section using the phone number or email below.


Mudeford Quay is one of 12 designated conservation areas in the area formerly known as the Borough of Christchurch. Designated as a conservation area in April 1969, it was amended in June 1995 and revised following production of this appraisal, which was approved on 21 May 2008 following public consultation.

The conservation area appraisal and management plan will form part of the evidence base for the Christchurch Local Development Framework on the subject of conservation area issues within the former Borough area.

The character of a conservation area stems from:

  • the landscape setting of the area
  • the grouping of traditional buildings and the resultant spaces and sense of enclosure; the scale, design, type and materials of the buildings
  • boundaries and the public realm
  • landmarks, views and vistas
  • the interaction with natural features
  • the current and past patterns of activities and land uses

It is the particular mix of these elements which gives Mudeford Quay its character, namely:

  • the survival of buildings from the Regency period which heralded a possible large scale seaside resort in Mudeford (which never came to fruition)
  • the open character of the harbour frontage in both public and private land ownership
  • the cluster of buildings on the working quay, old and new, which make a group of some considerable quality
  • the setting of Mudeford Quay and the long distance views towards the quay and its buildings
  • the activities of the harbour and the fact that Mudeford is a working quay used daily by local fishermen
  • the presence of a large number of mature trees, many of which are the Holm Oak.
  • the generous plots of much of the older houses and their relationship with the water
  • the survival of buildings such as The Black House and Haven Cottages, which relate closely to the maritime history of this part of the south coast.
  • a simple palette of materials which is predominantly painted or rendered brickwork with red clay tiles or natural Welsh slates.
  • panoramic views and vistas of the harbour, Solent and Isle of Wight 

Advisory note no.2 Conservation Areas (2000) published by us provides general advice and a list of conservation areas in the Borough and can be obtained from our offices.

Summary of recommendations

  • there are no buildings at risk presently in the conservation area
  • a very small number of buildings could benefit from the use of Article 4(2) Directions to restrict their permitted development rights
  • there are two proposed boundary changes which remove a number of properties, trees, and areas of seabed and beach presently protected by the conservation area.
  • recommendations for enhancement include:
  • improvements to the public realm
  • holistic management of the harbour
  • setting of the Listed Victorian posting box
  • new central space for Mudeford Quay
  • there are some policy guidelines and recommendations for dealing with new buildings (generally smaller infill sites)
  • traffic calming measures are suggested along with the relocation of and additional signage and improvements to linkages between Mudeford and Christchurch

Previous consultation

Over 60 residents living within the conservation area attended an initial consultation meeting held on 25 June 2007 at Mudeford Junior School. A presentation by the appointed consultants addressed the reasons for and process of conservation area appraisal, how residents could help in the process and what the next stages for producing the document would be. Workshops then discussed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for each conservation area.

A feedback meeting was held where the consultants and council presented the initial findings of the assessment and invited comments on the draft report. The meeting marked the start of six weeks formal consultation. The final consultation concluded on Friday 21 December 2007.

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