Buildings in Totton

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Our consultations have highlighted the following concerns:

  • That new builds in Totton and Eling (especially the town centre) lack architectural quality (i.e. boring buildings)

  • Lack of affordable starter properties 

  • Our older buildings are often tucked away/neglected/not celebrated

Initial ideas for Neighbourhood Plan for buildings

  • Encourage buildings in a defined town centre area to go up to 4 stories (but no higher) to increase access to affordable housing

  • Listing of Totton and Eling’s historically significant public and privately owned buildings

  • Encourage architectural quality in new builds (led by town design strategy)

  • Encourage individuality where appropriate

things to keep in mind

We can state clear aims for Totton and Eling’s overall aesthetic in the Neighbourhood Plan. Planning applications would then have to take these aims into account when making their applications in order for them to be approved. Aims such as ‘architectural quality’ can be difficult to define and subjective, but we hope that planning officers will be led by improvements to our general street scene via public art and bespoke street furniture, which will set the tone for what we want to follow.