Prior to the Countryside and Rights of Way Acts 2000, there was no effective way for the AONB to influence planning processes. The planning authorities’ protection of Natural Beauty was largely confined to policies and development control activities that severely limited development.
We now have national funding of AONB teams, and Landscape Character Assessment studies, and can play a much more proactive role in providing advice to the Local Planning Authorities on policy and development control matters.
How the AONB Partnership influences planning
Making relevant information available and the views of the AONB known, are two ways that the AONB Partnership can influence the planning system and enable it to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area.
The Planning Protocol provides the framework for the AONB Partnership to contribute to the evolution of planning policies and the determination of planning applications. This means we provide responses to all relevant policy consultations, such as White Papers and local authority consultations. We normally only comment on major applications that would have a significant effect on the AONB or involve 10 or more dwellings or 0.5 hectares or greater of land.
Please see the Planning pages under Our Work for more information.
Please see the Landscapes and Planning section of our Publications page for more information about our policies, best practice notes and guidance.