The Marylebone Association - Planning Guidelines

  1. To ensure that, as far as is reasonably practicable, planning applications comply with the policies set out in the Council's Unitary Development Plan and other approved guidance documents.
  2. To encourage the maintenance of Marylebone as a primarily residential and professional area with adequate ancillary services to meet local needs.
  3. To promote the retention of established shopping frontages where these provide, or have traditionally provided, local services. In circumstances where local shops in mixed shopping frontages have become redundant, to encourage their reversion to residential use.
  4. To oppose any change of use from Retail (Class A1) or Professional & Financial Services (Class A2) to Restaurant (Class A3) where such change would displace local shopping or financial services facilities and/or result in an excess of restaurant uses within a given area and/or reduce residential amenity by reason of increased noise, disturbance, cooking smells and/or refuse.
  5. Where possible, to encourage the retention of small business premises and to resist the extension of general office uses outside the Central Activities Zone.
  6. To encourage the reversion of temporary office uses to residential use except in those locations which are considered environmentally unsatisfactory for residential occupation and, in such cases, to support the creation of permanent office use particularly where compensatory residential accommodation is created in suitable locations elsewhere within the immediate area.
  7. To resist the conversion of residential into business premises except as part of a composite proposal which includes the provision of replacement residential premises elsewhere.
  8. To oppose any proposal which would tend to result in a reduction in the standards of accommodation or occupation, both residential and commercial, but to encourage developments which seek to improve those standards.
  9. To discourage development which would significantly increase the density, or change the nature, of the residential and business population or unreasonably increase the size of the workforce employed in the area.
  10. To discourage the use of permanent residences for short term letting.
  11. To support the use of tables and chairs on pavements outside restaurants, caf├ęs, and the like, except in residential locations where these are likely to result in increased noise at night.
  12. To encourage retention of the substance and character of historic buildings in so far as practicable and justified but to consider favourably modest internal alterations which would extend the useful lives of such buildings and contribute to their long term maintenance.
  13. To retain the essentially residential character of the mews throughout the area.
  14. To avoid changing the traditional rooflines of buildings (except, where appropriate, by the addition of a mansard storey or where the extension constitutes a minor infilling between existing higher buildings) and, in particular, to oppose any proposal in relation to a developed site which would reduce daylight or sunlight to, or views of sky from, existing residential premises.
  15. To avoid changing the appearance of buildings by the addition of inappropriate fascia boards or glass frontages.
  16. To oppose applications for rooftop plant including air conditioning equipment (except where suitably screened), communications masts, aerials, satellite dishes and the like in locations visible from ground level or from surrounding premises.
  17. To oppose the infilling of courtyards and other open amenity spaces.
  18. To oppose plans which would increase noise, smells, dirt or other nuisance or would be likely to prejudice the health, safety or comfort of the local community.
  19. To oppose plans which would unreasonably increase traffic flows or deprive the local residential and business communities of adequate parking facilities.
  20. To consider each application in the context of the area as a whole and not solely in relation to its immediate surroundings.
  21. To avoid the replacement of an existing unsatisfactory situation with a new but still unsatisfactory solution.
  22. To consider each case on its individual merits within the context of these general guidelines and taking due account of all relevant factors, and to support any proposal which would be likely to prove beneficial to the locality.

Adopted at the Annual General Meeting on 18th June 1998.

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