Policy P1: The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB )

The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) will be conserved and enhanced to maximise its special landscape qualities and protect it from inappropriate development. All proposals will be considered against whether they:
  • conserve and/or enhance the setting and views of the AONB
  • conserve wildlife, historic objects or natural phenomena within it
  • promote its enjoyment by the community and visitors to the area
  • support the rural economy of the Surrey Hills area
  • provide or maintain public access to the AONB

Development proposals will also be assessed against the provisions of the current Surrey Hills AONB Management Plan.

Whilst the AONB designation does not preclude specific types of development in the Surrey Hills and proposals will be assessed on their individual merits, there will be a presumption against major development in the AONB in accordance with the NPPF. Exceptions may only be made for proposals that meet both criteria specified in paragraph 116 of the NPPF.

The AGLV will be retained until such time as there has been a review of the AONB boundary. Proposals within the AGLV will be required to demonstrate that they would not result in harm to the AONB or the distinctive character of the AGLV itself.

Response: Object 

This policy is much weaker than previous protection. It is dependent on the Surrey Hills Management Plan. Note that this welcomes housing development. The Surrey Hills needs much more substantial protection. Even major (undefined) development in the AONB would be permitted if exceptional (undefined) circumstances could be demonstrated.

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