Landscapes and Planning
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 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.
The Planning Protocol
This Protocol sets out how the AONB Partnership and local authorities will consider planning matters affecting the AONB. The document contains the October 2005 document as well as the September 2006 Review and Refinement document.
Planning Protocol Document (PDF, 102Kb)
The AONB is not a planning authority, and is therefore unable to intervene on small applications, and so individual planning enquires should be directed to the relevant local planning authority in the first instance.
The AONB team will, of course, always try to provide advice and information where needed.
Planning and Transportation Topic Group
The Planning and Transportation Topic Group is the working element of the partnership that deals with matters associated with roads, development, tranquility and similar aspects related to the landscapes of this AONB.
See the partnership pagesfor more information.
The AONB holds an annual Planning and Transportation Seminar, this provides a useful tool in highlighting important issues in the AONB which can only be addressed by bringing togther a cross section of agencies, interested parties and local communities.
The details of previous years seminars can be found in the Minutes and Meetings section of the website.
Market Towns Growth
This report explores the level of growth and development currently planned within, and on the boundaries, of the AONB. It draws attention to the location and scale of planned developments as well as their potential significance.
Market Towns Growth - Main Report (PDF, 268Kb)
Market Towns Growth - Figure One (PDF, 568Kb)
Market Towns Growth - Figure Two (PDF, 524Kb)
Market Towns Growth - Figure Three (PDF, 1.7Mb)
Market Towns Growth - Figure Four (PDF, 1.5Mb)
Market Towns Growth - Figure Five (PDF, 1.4Mb)
Permitted Development Rights
A guide to outline the scope, operation and process for exercising permitted development rights as set out in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (the GPDO) and to explore the potential impacts of these rights on the AONB.
Guide to Permitted Development Rights 2006 (PDF, 260Kb)
Roads and Planning
The report explores the extent to which the highway authorities involve other parties when reparing, widening, and generally improving roads under there permitted development rights. The aim of this report is to make recommendations regarding consultation on road improvement schemes and for those schemes that require planning permission within the AONB.
Planning Protocol - October 2005 (PDF, 74Kb)
Roads and Planning - Figure One (PDF, 1.7Mb)
The AONB Partnership has recognised the significance of Light Pollution within the AONB. This report looks at mechanisms for reducing light pollution and providing advice on the techniques for doing so where lighting is essential. It provides an initial statement of the AONB's position on this topic.
Light Pollution Study Final June 2007 (PDF, 7Mb)
Position Statements, Fact Sheets & Good Practice
The AONB positions statements set out its current position on a variety of topics. These include light pollution, historic parks and gardens, the relevance of the setting for the AONB and Historic Landscape Characterisation.
CCWWD AONB Position Statement 1 Light Pollution (PDF, 75Kb)
Historic Parks & Gardens Postition Statement 2 (PDF, 90Kb)
Renewable Energy Position Statement 5 (PDF, 75Kb)
Fact Sheets & Good Practice Notes
The AONB fact sheets and good practice notes provide information on topics of relevance to landscape and planning within the AONB. Current documents provide information on Section 85 duties, the Local Development Framework, the European Landscape Convention and Historic Landscape Characterisation.
Fact Sheet 2 - Local Plan, LDF & Good Practice (PDF, 29Kb)
Fact Sheet 7 - Good External Lighting (PDF 70Kb)
Fact Sheet 7a - Recommendations for Dark-Sky compliant lighting on new builds & refurbishments - a Developers' Guide (PDF 500kb)
Fact Sheet 8 - New Agricultural Buildings (PDF 70Kb)