Leigh on Mendip
Village Design Statement
aim of the Village Design Statement is to define the
local character of the village and, in so doing, provide guidelines,
for building developers, but also for home improvements. These guidelines enable
character to be maintained for the benefit of us all.
Adopted by Mendip Council as supplementary planning
guidance in December 1998, the
Design Statement’s recommendations will also be taken into
account when local
planning applications are assessed.
To see a full copy of the Village Design Statement click here (3.4MB, PDF).
Summary of Guidelines
hedgerows and trees should be retained.
development should include indigenous mature planting and landscaping.
should not diminish the important focus provided by the farms which are
central to the village.
is essential that the linear pattern of the village is maintained.
Development must not detract from existing rural views and the
architectural integrity of Leigh Street.
footpaths must be maintained and protected.
current voluntary ban on quarry traffic from the village makes a
valuable contribution to the quality of life in Leigh and should be
maintained and encouraged.
street parking for future developments is to be encouraged, although
built-in garages are not a local feature.
and utility companies should conceal future installations underground.
Domestic meter boxes should also be hidden.
traditional postboxes and early red telephone box are attractive
features and should be retained.
and street names should be in keeping with existing street furniture.
Road safety signs should be of modest and unobtrusive design.
development should not detract from the magnificence of the church nor
obstruct views of it.
natural stone should be used for boundary walls.
building lines should not be altered without consideration of the
resulting visual effect.
typical building style of new developments should be of rural design,
two storey, rubble stone faced, and have a steeply pitched roof of
double roman or plain terracotta tiles. Artificial or reconstituted
stone should not be used.
size, style and materials used for doors and windows should match those
of the original bui1ding and/or adjacent buildings, thus retaining the
1ocal characteristics of the particular site.
buildings at least shou1d be pointed with cream-coloured and lime-rich
mortars. Residents are encouraged to consider 1ime when repointing and
rebuilding older buildings.
and residents are encouraged to consider the “local
palette” of colours when painting woodwork, walls and render
and to consider paint in favour of exterior woodstains.
(Please refer to a published copy of the Village
Design Statement for the colours of the “local