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 of the Management Plan with production of Local Authority Local Plans and Development Management (control)
- The Kent Downs AONB Management Plan is adopted by all Kent Downs Local Planning Authorities(LPAs) and it is a material consideration in all planning decisions.
- The Management Plan should be reflected and supported in all Local Authority Local Plans.
- Any Kent Downs AONB responses on consultations from LPAs on their Local Plans and planning applications will therefore reflect the policies of the Kent Downs Management Plan and other Kent Downs AONB guidance. Copies of these can be downloaded from our Publications page.
The Kent Downs Unit employs a part time Planning Officer to represent the Joint Advisory Council in providing this service.