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Planning

Introduction

The Kent Downs character is formed out of the relationship of its towns, villages and individual buildings with the 13 different landscape character areas identified across the AONB. Making the correct planning decisions on development both within the AONB and within its setting are crucial to ensure that the AONB is conserved and enhanced  in accordance with the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (the CROW Act).  The KDAONB acts as an advisor to Local Authorities on planning and development to help authorities carry out their ‘ duty of regard’ as set out in that Act.

Planners within the AONB are encouraged to refer to the AONBs Management Plan and supporting guidance when making their decisions on both planning applications and planning policy formulation.  Natural England (NE) is the Statutory consultee for the AONB and the Kent Downs works closely with NE on all applications on which we are consulted. The AONB Unit only responds to planning consultations  when requested in accordance with an agreed  protocol  and the comments of the AONB relate only to the impact of the application or the policy on the components of natural beauty as set out in the Management Plan, and not all planning issues.
 

The Protocol

The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty partnership (which includes all the local authorities within the AONB) has agreed to have a limited land...

National Policy Context

National and Local planning policies are very clear that highest priority should be given to the conservation and enhancement of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty....

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

The NPPF  confirms that AONBs are equivalent to National Parks in terms of their landscape quality, scenic beauty and their planning status. Relationship...

Farm Diversification Toolkit

The Kent Downs AONB Unit piloted a project to help farmers, landowners and rural businesses who were seeking to make a change to their...

Landscape Design Handbook

A guide to the design of new landscape works and development to ensure that it respects the distinctive landscape setting and does not undermine the...

Publications

The Kent Downs AONB Unit produces a variety of publications to help understand more about the AONB and how they can play their part in...

Managing Land for Horses

Keeping horses is tremendously rewarding and a good form of healthy exercise but balancing the needs of the horse and the land can present various...