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 use planning role. In summary this is to:

  • Comment on forward/strategic planning issues-for instance Local Plans.Involvement in development management (planning applications) in exceptional circumstances. For example in terms of scale, precedence and cumulative effect.
  • To provide advice and comments on development management (planning applications) at the request of a Kent Downs AONB Joint Advisory member and /or Local Authority Planning Officer. These comments can take the form of support with guidance on mitigation, or reasons for objection.
  • Provide guidance and training on the AONB Management Plan, and the supporting guidance and position statements, to LPAs, Parish Councils, Community groups consultants , developers and landowners.

The Kent Downs employs a part time Planning officer to represent the Joint Advisory Council in providing this service. You can contact her by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  or by telephone on 01303 815170.