Conservation Areas are important heritage assets, significant for their historic and aesthetic values, importance to the community and to defining place. In Runnymede, we are helping the council to assess and define these values whilst providing clear guidance for how to manage change and encourage good design and development.

Runnymede-Windsor Street in the Chertsey Conservation Area

We have recently been appointed by Runnymede Borough Council in Surrey to produce Appraisals for Egham, Chertsey and Egham Hythe, three of the Borough’s most historic and significant areas. Detailed site visits and local research have informed an assessment of character and special interest, with issues and opportunities distilled into a succinct set of recommendations. We are also developing a Local List of buildings of interest for the whole of the Borough. Once completed, the Appraisals and Local List will be adopted as supplementary planning guidance to support the new Local Plan, applicant proposals and officer decision-making.

The Hythe, the principal street within the compact Egham Hythe Conservation Area

As part of the project, Purcell is also working closely with the council to carry out public consultation on our draft guidance, including early liaison with local and community stakeholders; we are also contributing to a Design Guide.