Planning Improvements for AONBs
National Trust report suggests planning improvements for AONBs
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) like Chichester Harbour are some of the most special and most loved places in England, due to their distinctive character and natural beauty.
However, many of these protected areas are coming under increased pressure from development so the National Trust commissioned research by planning consultants, Green Balance, to look at case studies where large-scale developments have been approved in AONBs.
They found instances when national policies, designed to protect these landscapes, were not given sufficient weight by some local planning authorities. Their report suggests ways to improve planning practice, including a series of tests for decision-makers to apply in AONB cases and a brief, practical tool to help ensure policy is applied correctly.
Chichester Harbour Conservancy is a non-statutory consultee in the planning process who has responded to 85 planning applications (either in or directly adjacent to the Harbour) in the last 3 months. They are currently working in conjunction with the local planning authorities to update their Planning Guidance to help safeguard this special place for generations to come.
Click here to read the National Trust report.
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