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Stanpit and Fishermans Bank Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (Adopted May 2008)

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

The Stanpit & Fishermans Bank Conservation Area Appraisal & Management Plan (Adopted May 2008) was formally adopted on 21 May 2008 and will be a material consideration when determining planning applications. The following documents form part of this Management Plan:

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.


Stanpit and Fishermans Bank is one of 12 designated conservation areas in the area formerly known as the Borough of Christchurch. Designated as a conservation area on 20 February 1991, it was amended in September 2005 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 pattern of activities and land uses

It is the particular mix of these elements which gives Stanpit and Fishermans Bank its character, namely:

  • the close relationship much of it shares with the harbour edge
  • its modest 'village' scale and grain
  • survival of cottages from early nineteenth century and good quality Victorian housing from the late nineteenth century
  • trees and hedges which define parts of the townscape and form landmarks within the street scene
  • a positive sense of enclosure from traditional housing built to the back of pavement
  • the survival of unpainted brick and natural Welsh slate roofs
  • the survival of early brick and stone boundary walls which defined early plot divisions and now clearly demark public/private spaces
  • exceptional views across the harbour to Hengistbury Head, back towards Christchurch and to the beach hut lined spit

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 were no buildings identified as being vulnerable or at risk
  • there are small groups and some individual houses recommended which would benefit from the removal of their permitted development rights (through the use of Article 4(2) Directions
  • there are four boundary revisions recommended - three exclusions and one inclusion.
  • a comprehensive traffic calming scheme linked to the Mudeford Quay Conservation Area is proposed
  • a Harbour Management Plan should be produced
  • generic policies for new buildings in the conservation area are recommended
  • traffic and street improvements could include, in addition to traffic calming measures, the reconsidering of directional signage so as to redistribute traffic across the network
  • there is the potential for improvements to both the cycle and pedestrian networks and opportunities to celebrate these through walking and cycling trails

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