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CHAPTER 13 - CAPHEATON (CP)

13.1.1 Capheaton village has a population of 50 and is located approximately 14 miles southwest of Morpeth at the junction of the C338. and U9005 roads. It is an attractive linear estate village situated on a ridge immediately to the west of Capheaton Hall and northwest of Sir Edward's Lake (Designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Importance in 1983).



13.1.2 The village is of special architectural and historic interest with the majority of the buildings being listed. The village, built as a planned model village in the late 18th century consists of a row of terraced cottages facing south. The predominant use of ashlar dressed stonework gives a uniform appearance to the village. The village itself was designated as a Conservation Area in 1987.



13.1.3 The village facilities include a post office and hall. A daily school bus service operates to Ponteland with links to Newcastle.



THE STRATEGY
13.2.1 Capheaton is an estate village associated with the adjacent Capheaton Hall and is located within an area proposed for designation as being of High Landscape Value. The Council's strategy is to protect and enhance its environmental qualities and to support local services and facilities. No new development is proposed within the village.



SETTLEMENT BOUNDARY
POLICY CPC1
IN ACCORDANCE WITH POLICY C1, A SETTLEMENT BOUNDARY FOR CAPHEATON IS DEFINED AS SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP INSET No. 4.




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13.3.1 In the Council's Rural Housing Land Study (See para. 5.12.1) the settlement boundary was drawn tightly around the existing village, to retain its special architectural and historic character. It is considered that any change to the settlement boundary resulting in new development would adversely affect the built form and character of Capheaton, accordingly the existing boundary is retained.



LANDSCAPE
POLICY CPC2
IN ACCORDANCE WITH POLICY C3, THE COUNCIL WILL REFUSE DEVELOPMENT WHICH WILL HAVE A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON THE LANDSCAPE ADJACENT TO, OR IN THE VICINITY OF, SIR EDWARD'S LAKE, CAPHEATON HALL AND THE ASSOCIATED PARKLAND AS DEFINED ON THE PROPOSALS MAP AND PROPOSALS MAP INSET No. 4.



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13.4.1 Sir Edward's Lake, Capheaton Hall and its associated parklands lie to the south and east of Capheaton. The combination of these landscape elements create a special setting for Capheaton. This setting can be harmed or destroyed by unnecessary or insensitive development, accordingly they are included within the areas defined as being of High Landscape Value, the intention being to protect them from development which would detract from their character.




NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
POLICY CPC3
IN ACCORDANCE WITH POLICY C9, THE COUNCIL WILL NOT PERMIT DEVELOPMENT WHICH WOULD AFFECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE SIR EDWARD'S LAKE, CAPHEATON SITE OF NATURE CONSERVATION IMPORTANCE, EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, UNLESS IT CAN BE DEMONSTRATED THAT THE DEVELOPMENT IS OF OVERRIDING LOCAL IMPORTANCE AND NO ALTERNATIVE SITE IS AVAILABLE.

WHERE DEVELOPMENT IS TO BE PERMITTED WHICH COULD ADVERSELY AFFECT THE ABOVE SITE, THE DEVELOPER WILL BE REQUIRED TO INCLUDE MEASURES TO CONSERVE AND ENHANCE THE NATURE CONSERVATION INTEREST AND, WHERE PRACTICABLE, TO PROVIDE REPLACEMENT HABITATS AND FEATURES WHERE DAMAGE IS UNAVOIDABLE



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13.5.1 Sir Edward's Lake, which lies to the south of Capheaton is one of the largest open waters in the Borough. The site which is important for its good populations of wintering and breeding wildfowl, as well as its aquatic, marginal fen and carr vegetation, is designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Importance with the main aim being to conserve the lake's vegetation and to protect wildlife.



CONSERVATION AREA
POLICY CPC4
WITHIN THE CAPHEATON CONSERVATION AREA, CONSERVATION POLICIES C27, C28, C29, C30, C31, C32, AND C34 WILL BE APPLIED.




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13.6.1 The Council will require new development within the Capheaton Conservation Area to complement and enhance the character of the area and to be of an appropriate design. Buildings shall be constructed of good quality materials sympathetic to the local building tradition and particular attention should be paid to the appearance of buildings fronting onto the main streets.



13.6.2 The siting and appearance of advertisements, landscaping, car parking and the control of vehicle movement are also development issues that will require careful consideration.