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Appendix 4

DESCRIPTION OF RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF SPECIAL CHARACTER

IDENTIFIED IN POLICY ENV17

1. THE WARREN, ASHTEAD

This area is characterised by well-established large houses in extensive curtilages within mature landscaped settings. There is a preponderance of established trees and shrubbery. The houses are set back from the estate roads behind high hedges. Some infilling has taken place, but it is of high quality and with similar sized curtilages.

2. PARK LANE, ASHTEAD

The range of substantial individually designed houses which are set back from the main road in large and medium-sized curtilages give this area a special character. The many established trees and hedges obscure houses from the road. Its distinctive character separates it from the smaller houses and curtilages of properties further north along Park Lane.

3. ROOKERY HILL, ASHTEAD

This area comprises two groups of medium-sized houses in medium-sized plots. The properties are individually designed and the way in which they are assimilated into the open, grassed landscape grounds of Ashtead Park by the scattering of mature dominant trees gives the area its particular character.

3. HIGHLANDS ROAD/HEADLEY ROAD/EAST SIDE OF REIGATE ROAD, LEATHERHEAD

This is a cohesive and distinctive area which is characterised by its mature treed frontages, with houses set back from the road within medium/large curtilages. The development mainly dates from the Edwardian and pre-war period. Properties are individually designed in landscaped grounds generating a spacious impression. Several infill properties have similar-sized curtilages and although they may not have the same character as the older properties, the mature trees and shrubs maintain the established character and setting of the area. Highlands Road properties are more contemporary but maintain the spacious nature of the area and have wide, grassed frontages with spacious rear gardens. These groups of houses with their relatively large curtilages are characteristic of the wider area although they do not have the front boundary screening.

5. THE MOUNT/HAWK’S HILL/THE RIDGEWAY (SOUTH EAST SIDE) /ROOKERY DRIVE, FETCHAM

This established residential area is characterised by medium/large houses in mature gardens. Properties are generally set back from the Hawk’s Hill/Guildford Road by wide grass verges and tall established trees. The Mount is characterised by medium-sized, individually designed houses in landscaped gardens. Generally there are clearly defined and characteristic hedges and shrub boundaries. The Ridgeway has generally more modest-sized houses and curtilages with frontages of trees and hedges. The large individually designed houses within Rookery Drive have generous landscaped gardens and are wellscreened from the Drive by mature trees and hedges.

6. CHICHESTER ROAD/CALVERT ROAD/KEPPEL ROAD, DORKING

The appearance of these roads is characterised by grass verges with a number of street trees. Hedges, many of mature beech, and shrubs are characteristic of boundary treatments. Mature landscaped gardens on sloping land with treed gardens are characteristic and the majority of properties have large spaces between buildings. The area has an informal layout of individually designed attractive houses. Properties in the north of the area, especially in Keppel Road are conspicuous from the adjacent Green Belt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Area of Great Landscape Value.

7. DEEPDENE WOOD, DORKING

This is an established and cohesive area of individually designed houses around a winding road network which is bordered by grass verges and mature trees and shrubs. The southern part of the area is characterised by large houses in large curtilages, set behind high boundary hedges, often rhododendrons. There are very large spaces between houses on this rolling hillside. It forms part of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its low-density character marks a transition between the main built-up area and the adjacent Green Belt.

8. THE PARK/PARK VIEW/ MEADOWSIDE, BOOKHAM

This is a distinctive relatively low-density neighbourhood. It is characterised by tree-lined roads with grass verges. The many bungalows give a spacious feel but spaces between buildings are in places small. It is a cohesive and attractive secluded area.

9. HIGHFIELDS, ASHTEAD

A short private road in the heart of Ashtead, Highfields is characterised by large houses standing in spacious plots and dating mainly from around the turn of the century. The particular combination of these attractive period houses with an abundance of mature trees lends the road a high standard of residential environment that is unique in this part of Ashtead. Over the years permission has been granted for new development and to subdivide the larger detached houses. On the whole, however, these have had little impact on the character of the road.



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