Local Character Area 06b: Caterham Centre
This area comprises the Congregational Church and all properties northwards in Harestone Valley Road to Station Avenue; all properties in Station Avenue, including East Surrey Museum; all properties in the Square and Godstone Road up to and including the Miller Centre and St John’s Church; all properties in Croydon Road up to and including nos. 81-87 and 82. This area encompasses the traditional retail and commercial core of Caterham Valley. There are still surviving Victorian, Edwardian and pre-war buildings of architectural variety, reflecting the gradual development of the area and frontages. This variety has been a key characteristic of the evolution of both Hill and Valley since the arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century. A number of post-war buildings are disused. A good example is the surviving Edwardian streetscape on Station Avenue; including the station façade and nos. 9-29 Station Avenue opposite (Grand Parade, The Estate Office, Post Office, Lloyds Bank and the building on the corner of Harestone Valley Road) forms a gateway to Caterham Valley to those arriving by train. Similarly Godstone Road, The Square and the east side of Croydon road retain Victorian, Edwardian and pre-war frontages providing a varied character, with St John’s Church acting as a landmark in views from the town centre.
- In Caterham Valley urban centre, new development shall be high quality to designs that are in keeping with existing buildings of merit in terms of architectural variety and scale, make a positive contribution to character and preserve views of wooded ridgeline of the surrounding valley sides.
- Older, historic buildings of architectural merit shall be conserved and enhanced and provide references to inspire new design.
- Proposals for new developments should maintain the layout of buildings stepped up the slopes, integrating into the hillsides.
- Proposed developments should maintain the rhythm in the urban centres through consistancy in rooflines, varied, narrow plot frontages and continued diversity of built form
- Developments should maintain front gardens with in keeping boundary treatments along residential streets.
- Proposed developments set above road level that include characteristic sloping vegetated front gardens or banks are more likely to be acceptable.
- Developments should maintain and enhance the wooded valley sides and green corridors along railways.
- Developments along streets parallel to the valley, should ensure views over or between the rooflines from adjacent streets are maintained.
- Developments along streets parallel to the valley, should ensure views over or between the rooflines from adjacent streets are maintained;
- Design proposals for developments in urban areas should maintain or enhance green verges and green infrastructure lining the streets.
- Developments should maintain a buffer of separation between the urban centres to prevent the loss of localised identity