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Great Dunmow Town Design Statement - Design guidance for enhancing and protecting the character of Dunmow.

Guidelines For New Development

Recommendations for the ENTRANCES - summary


  1. Protection of the agricultural landscapes to north and south of the road
  2. Protection and enhancement  of woodlands and trees in the view
  3. Enhancement of the St Edmunds Lane junction and approach to Church End


  1. Protection of agricultural land forming the setting of the Chelmer to east and west south of Braintree Road junction
  2. Enhancement of verges and boundaries


  1. Further enhancement works to A120 roundabout
  2. Enhancement of A120/ B184 junction
  3. Enhancement and strengthening of boundaries to existing development and to the oak and Chelmsford road Industrial Estates
  4. Creation of landscape structure plan to create strong and rural boundary to the land to the west if and when it comes forward to incorporate appropriate pedestrian and cycle ways.
  1. Protection of woodland and agricultural land bordering A120
  2. Protection of character to west of A120 from intrusion and sporadic development

Stortford Road

  1. Protection to West Wood boundary and integrity
  2. Removal of uses to storage area adjacent to A120
  3. Protection of open character of agricultural landscape to north
  4. Protection of green edge to lands to south
  1. Protection of open sloping landscape
  2. Avoidance of intrusive development along skyline
  3. Enhancement of boundaries
  4. Enhancement of pedestrian and cycle facilities
  5. Strong and effective landscape plan to minimise effect of western by pass
  1. New development should where possible be planned to be small in scale and progress slowly
  2. Any significant new development should be made subject to a master plan which contains a building code consistent with these guidelines
  3. All significant new development should incorporate mixed use in the form of commercial activity and social and community facilities
  4. All new development should make provision for safe commodious and attractive and well landscaped pedestrian routes linked whoever possible into the towns existing network and should make contributions to enhancing the network as a whole
  5. Gaps in the footpath network should be remedied as soon as possible
  6. Cycleways should be provided wherever possible as integral to the footpath network
  7. Footpaths within developments should be overlooked by housing or other fully used buildings
  8. Good provision should be made for parking and storage of cycles
  9. Open space should be provided so as to allow for children’s play, informal meeting space and more active sport and reservation
  10. Open space should be overlooked by houses or other building
  11. Provision should be made for growing of food
  12. Provision should be made for active play outside formal play area
  13. Tree planting should be extensive using native species in naturalised patterns
  14. Biodiversity should be encouraged by the proper planting and effective management of open space and green area
  15. New developments should make contributions to the enhancement of existing natural area and woodlands
  16. Houses should be planned to enclose well designed and well proportioned spaces and streets with effective boundary walls or features using natural materials and native planting
  17. Vehicular ways should be integrated where possible with footways in a shared surface
  18. Speeds within all developments should be kept by design means to 30 kph.
  19. Cars should be parked off the shared surfaces
  20. Provision should be made for bin storage that is accessible and convenient to all
  21. Materials used in new buildings should be of a high quality. Where it is proposed to use vernacular styles the materials should be authentically related to existing range of materials in Great Dunmow.
  22. Buildings should be two storeys in height unless precedent of clear justification can be established and context studies produced to demonstrate no harm to the setting or nearby important buildings


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