Kent Downs AONB Farmstead Guidance
The Kent_Downs_AONB_Farmstead_Guidance_is 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 purpose, high quality and special distinctiveness of the different landscape character areas and buildings within the AONB. Local planning authorities are being encouraged to adopt this Handbook as Supplementary Planning Guidance to give it greater strength when land use planning decisions are being made.
The Kent Farmsteads Guidance aims to inform and achieve the sustainable development of farmsteads, including their conservation and enhancement. It will help applicants, including agents and architects, and local authorities understand whole farmsteads in their landscape context, complementing the detailed guidance on the adaptation or conversion of individual buildings which have become redundant as a result of changing agricultural practice. It uses the results of national research by English Heritage and also the mapping of the historic character and survival of farmsteads in Kent’s landscape by English Heritage and the High Weald AONB Unit. The guidance can also be used by those with an interest in the history and character of the county’s landscape and historic buildings, and the character of individual places.
In January 2010 English Heritage, Kent County Council, the Kent Downs AONB and High Weald AONB Units held a stakeholder meeting to gauge the interest and format in which the guidance would be useful. Consultation on draft documents to test the guidance was carried out between 29th March 2011 and 24th May 2011. The result of the consultation can be seen below.