Longparish Village Handbook (1999 edition)
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The Environment

Longparish lies in the valley of the River Test which was designated as an Environmentally Sensitive Area by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 1990. It gives grants to landowners and farmers if they agree to manage their land in a way that is sympathetic to the natural environment. Middleton Estate joined in 1993 and has a management agreement with the Farming and Rural Conservation Agency with regard to the Meadows. The Cleeves were designated by English Nature as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (S.S.S.I.) in 1987 and the river Test itself became an S.S.S.I. in 1997. This means that landowners are encouraged to enter into management agreements with English Nature and may not carry out operations which would damage the plants or wildlife the notification was designed to protect. Also any development is subject to approval by English Nature as well as normal planning controls. Harewood Forest is one of the Countryside Heritage Areas named by Hampshire County Council, which makes grants available for schemes which enhance wildlife conservation, or the visual or historic aspects of woodland, such as coppicing.

Longparish Conservation Area

Most of the village was designated a Conservation Area in 1983, and it contains about 80 listed buildings or monuments (see below). The Church is a Grade 1 listed building, Longparish House Grade 2*, the rest Grade 2. It is an offence to demolish or alter a listed building without listed building consent. The Conservation Area includes nearly all the areas of the village which contain old buildings, but excludes Southside Road and Mill Lane beyond the river, and North Acre. See the map on pages 11 &12. The Borough Local Plan of 1996 designates the existing open areas in the village as important open spaces, where development will not be allowed, and certain trees and woodland are also listed as important for the character of the village.

Stricter planning controls are imposed in a Conservation Area. The Test Valley Planning Department should be consulted before any changes are made. Any alterations to existing buildings and any new building must respect the character of existing architecture in style, materials and scale. In addition, no tree in a Conservation Area may be felled, uprooted, lopped or topped without six weeks notification to the Planning Department.

Those living in historic houses can obtain advice on caring for their buildings from Test Valley Conservation Department.

A Village Design Statement, currently in preparation, records what the community most values about the village and its buildings and aims to influence future development so that the character of the village is preserved.

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