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This year the party had really enjoyable weather without the vicious heat we had earlier. Our barbecue chefs were again Ken Hickling and Mark Wakeling. Josephine Wakeling supplied and cooked the vegetarian meals. Susan Kench, a new arrival to the area, ran the children’s games. Liz Cox embarked on her new career of face painting. A notable contribution to the food was a splendid summer pudding.

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by Ray George

Most residents know that the Article 4 Direction requires planning permission for alterations to the front and side elevations of the house, but does not say anything about the rear elevation. So on the rear, we have the same development rights as people not living in a conservation area? Right?
No wrong!

In September 2012, David Cameron announced an infamous decision to relax the planning rules to allow extensions of double the size, without planning permission. After a House of Commons revolt, a scheme for consulting neighbours was introduced. This was implemented by regulations that came into force on 30th May 2013. These continue until 30th May 2019 in the current General Permitted Development Order (2015 No. 596) but it says “not on Article 2(3) land”. So what is “Article 2(3) land”? Schedule 1 of the order tells us that, among others, it is land in a conservation area.

There are a number of other places where general permitted development is different in a conservation area (again referred to as Article 2(3) land) for example, not adding cladding or no enlargement of the roof. Specific reference is made to conservation areas in Part 11, Heritage and Demolition and Part 14, Renewable Energy.

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Residents should find the guide published by Historic England “Traditional Windows: their care, repair and upgrading” very helpful. This publication gives guidance on traditional windows, both timber and metal, and is aimed at building professionals and property owners. Historic windows are often of considerable importance to the significance of listed buildings. They can contribute to significance through their design, materials and workmanship. Detailed technical advice is provided on their maintenance, repair and thermal upgrading as well as on their restoration. For a link, go to our website.

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With the closure of Bencraft Court, the U2 bus will continue to run, but will turn right at the end of Lobelia Road into Bassett Green Road, turn right at Stoneham Lane and then return to the University along Burgess Road.

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The association’s AGM has been scheduled for Tuesday 10th October at St George’s School. Residents will be sent notices confirming the meeting about two weeks in advance.

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The next outing of ECG will be on Saturday 29th July. All are welcome to join us. Our rides are between 15 and 20 miles, with a coffee stop.

If you are interested, please contact John Scoates by emailing hj.scoates at

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The Southampton Common Forum is conducting a survey of Southampton residents to collect their views about Southampton Common. They want to know about the improvements which you would like to see made, as well as how you use it. They are also very interested to hear the views of those Southampton residents who currently do not use the Common, or who only use it rarely, to find out why and to understand what would make the Common more attractive to them. To do the survey go to

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Bob Painton will be leading nature walks on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August. The walks start at 1100am from Swaythling railway station.

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At the outset, in 1991 the annual subscription of HCERA was £3 per annum. It has been £4 for a number of years and there is no intention to raise it at present, despite retail prices having approximately doubled since 1991.

How is the money spent? A regular item is printing, including this newsletter, other letters and notices to residents and the contents of the “Welcome Packs”. This requires printing of the Appraisal and Management Plan which has a lot of colour and so is expensive. Annually, we pay HCERA’s membership subscriptions to organisations with a common interest, currently, the City of Southampton Society and for public liability insurance.

The Summer Party, which fulfills an important function of HCERA to promote cultural and social activities, is a major item. We do however receive a donation from Woodhill Properties Ltd and we invite voluntary contributions from people who attend.

We pay for bulbs and new trees in the communal area and will make a contribution to tree work, again in the communal areas. Occasionally other expenditure arises, for example street name-plates in the privately maintained roads.

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