Landscapes and Planning
In addition to the documents on this page, the annual Planning & Transportation Seminar notes can be found on the Meetings and Minutes page.
Landscape, Planning and the AONB
Landscape Character Assessment helps identify key characteristics, local distinctiveness, and sense of place. This booklet seeks to provide both an introduction and sufficient details to identify, and work with, the landscapes of this AONB.
You can also see the Landscape Character Assessment page on this website for more information about landscape character, and to download the Landscape Character Assessment which was undertaken in 2003.
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)
Landscape and Rural Highways
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.
Download Lighting: types, qualities and impacts (1.2Mb) - Paper by Bob Mizon - Commission for Dark Skies (CfDS)
Position Statement 1 - Light Pollution (PDF, 75Kb)
Position Statement 2 - Historic Parks & Gardens (PDF, 90Kb)
Position Statement 5 - Renewable Energy (PDF, 75Kb)
Position Statement 7 - Affordable Parking (PDF 70Kb)
Position Statement 7a - Recommendations for Dark-Sky compliant lighting on new builds & refurbishments - a Developers' Guide (PDF 500kb)
Position Statement 8 - Farm Diversification (PDF 74Kb)
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 8 - New Agricultural Buildings (PDF 70Kb)
Landscape Character Assessment
Assessment which moves beyond the level of detail provided by the 1995 AONB assessment. This document presents a fully integrated view of the landscape incorporating all the features and attributes that contribute to the special and distinctive character of the AONB
Landscape Character Assessment (PDF, 2.8Mb)
Please note, this is a low resolution version - for further information see the Landscape Character Assessment page
Planning and Landscapes Booklet
This booklet is an abbreviated, easy to read, version of the Integrated Landscape Character Assessment 2003. It was prepared for the 2006 Planning seminar and summarises the key landscape characteristics of the 8 Landscape Types and 15 Landscape Areas, focussing particularly on the character of the settlements.
Historic Landscape Characterisation
Exploring the history and archaeology of the fascinating landscape of the AONB. It also provides an introduction to historic landscape characterisation and explores how the AONB is conserving and enhancing this special heritage through Historic Environment Action Plans.
Historic Landscape Characterisation (PDF, 4.6Mb)
For more information visit the AONB Historic Landscapes Website
This study explores the inate fragility and robustness of the landscapes of this AONB.
Landscape Sensitivity Full Report - May 2007 (PDF, 500kB)
Figure 1 - Landscape Character Sensitivity (PDF, 700kB)
Figure 2 - Visual Sensitivity (PDF, 700kB)
Figure 3 - Overall Landscape Sensitivity (PDF, 700kB)
Figure 4 - Sensitivity Mapping Key (PDF, 700kB)
Light Pollution Study Final June 2007 (PDF, 7Mb)
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)
Roads and Planning Report (PDF, 4.8Mb)
Guide to Permitted Development Rights 2006 (PDF, 260Kb)
Market Towns Growth - Main Report (PDF, 268Kb)
Roads and Planning - Figure One (PDF, 1.7Mb)